By Brian Boutte, OHREC Farm Manager
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During seasons with heavy rains, the trial beds in the flower program experienced flooding. This spring season, the trial beds were raised to reduce erosion and flooding. Below is the process of building the raised beds, applying compost and mulch.
The raised bed building project was a low budget project that did not require any structures. A topsoil/compost mix (35/65) was used to mound the beds. Part of the topsoil was purchased and the rest was mined here at OHREC. The compost was donated by the City of Olathe.
To apply the topsoil/compost mix, a dump bed truck, grain hauler, mulch spreader and manure spreader were tested for practicality. An augmented manure spreader was selected for the application. The paddles were removed and a bed box was built on the back of the machine.
The topsoil and compost were mixed on site. A Toro Dingo mini excavator and John Deere tractor with a front loader were used to mix the topsoil and compost. The mix was then loaded into the manure spreader and delivered to the beds. There were 252 yards total of mixed material.
The material was tamped using a cart to pack the side of the beds and the tracks of the Dingo to pack the top of the beds. Approximately two to three inches of mulch were added to the mounded beds prior to planting the flower trials.
We would like to thank Gieringer's Family Orchard & Berry Farm for the use of their manure spreader.