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Comment by Megan on July 31, 2014 at 12:12pm

Hello Richard, have you taken a look at Richard Watson's tunnelhouse? It has stonewalls. He might be able to give you some tips.  Since he took that photo, he's added some raised beds in the tunnel house.

Comment by Richard Grevers on July 30, 2014 at 2:45pm

We were thinking of (well, had started) doing a rock/concrete thermal mass wall in our greenhouse, but were warned that it would be a slug hotel. Not so bad if you mortar up all the gaps.

Comment by Jacob Verbeek on February 21, 2014 at 10:40am

True, but my difficulty is that we have water restrictions in summer so I can't turn the sprinklers on whenever I want.  You're right: if I could, it wouldn't be an issue.

Comment by Anja Richards on January 24, 2014 at 11:56pm

I have ringed my whole back yard with brick raised garden beds, and used stones with no worries in the heat

The big plus with them is that they have thermal mass - so long as you keep them wet in the heat they will hold the cool for your plants and protect them in the heat

You can wet them repeatedly or you can cover with hessian which has it's bottom in water - this is an old sailors' trick

A lot of boats have their fridge/freezer or cool box alongside the hull - which can get very hot in the tropics - the trick there is to cover the hull with hessian with it's bottom in the water

Similarly the outback traveller used to hang canvas water bags on the front of the car - the breeze would keep the water cool

I found watering day and night did the trick during the long very hot spell we just had in Adelaide

Comment by Jacob Verbeek on January 24, 2014 at 9:14pm

Hi Matthew,

Yes, I've also got a vege patch in the ground i.e. not raised.  I find that the rock beds warm up faster and so get going earlier.  However, the BIG downside is that they also heat up too much and dry out too quick in our Wairarapa summers (there's no PVC lining or anything between the rocks and soil).  So they're great in the other seasons, just not in the heat of summer here.

Comment by Matthew Scott on January 20, 2014 at 9:14am

Hi Jacob,  do you have any other beds of the non-rock-lined variety?  I'd love to hear of any comparison you might be able to draw between them and these.  

I'm guessing that the rocks retain a lot of warmth once the sun goes down, and was wondering if this would be beneficial to any plants?  (i.e. plants that like warmer conditions would benefit be being planted closer to the rocks...)

Comment by Jacob Verbeek on December 11, 2013 at 9:51pm

Thanks! No, they're not lined actually.  In spring the self-seeding nasturtiums pop up and tend to hang over the edges suppressing the weeds, I guess.

Comment by Tihei Mauri Ora on December 10, 2013 at 12:19am

Great looking beds but you must have lined them with something or the weeds would grow through, at least at our place it would, we have kaikohe everywhere

Comment by Anja Richards on September 21, 2010 at 2:05am
Hi Jacob
I love your raised garden beds - are they dry wall beds?
I have been digging at our place and have discovered slate, and blue stone and lovely river bed stones
I am using the slate and stone for retaining walls where the inserts show at the front - matching the front fence
I wasn't sure what to do with the torren river stones - you have inspired me
Cheers Anja
PS Sounds like a dutch name - are you from there
I wasn't sure what


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