My husband and I moved to this Kansas acreage in 2000 and immediately started to argue about vegetable gardening.
He said, “All you have to do is throw some seeds on the ground and stand back.”
I said, “You need raised beds, amended soil, daily weeding, and a watering schedule.” And maybe some other bits, but I’ve forgotten what my friend the master gardener told me.
Since I work full time, I devoted my leisure hours to developing perennial beds around the house. My husband had ten years of rotted seed in a garden plot consisting mainly of Kansas clay. So the argument continued. To raise a bed or not, that was the question – with apologies to Will.
Two years ago, I was walking through one of the warehouse stores and saw a small raised bed kit. I pointed to it. My husband knows me well enough that he simply picked it up and put it in the cart. For about $50 and a little labor – his – we had a raised bed. We also had a competition.
He planted potatoes, carrots, and corn.
I planted cucumbers, lettuce, and basil.
His rotted in the spring rains. I was harvesting cucumbers in November. The answer to the question? Raised beds!