Feeding Raised Beds after the first year

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amandaandherveg

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Feeding Raised Beds after the first year
« on: February 20, 2009, 22:13 »
Last year was my first gardening and I grew most of my veg in 1.2m x 1.2m raised beds.

I lifted the last of the leeks, spinach and sprouts today and gave everything a tidy up.  What should I be digging into/sprinkling over the soil to add some goodness back into it before I plant out this year?  Well rotted manure, fish blood & bone?
« Last Edit: February 20, 2009, 22:18 by amandaandherveg »
Are we nearly there yet?

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penance

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Re: Feeding Raised Beds after the first year
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 12:00 »
What do you intend to grow in the bed?

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Christine

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Re: Feeding Raised Beds after the first year
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009, 20:16 »
I've found that my raised beds seem to need a dose of compost to raise them up again - the crops take enough of everything out to mean that they sink.

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Re: Feeding Raised Beds after the first year
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009, 20:18 »
Compost is just organic matter so will decompose away, whereas soil will retain its volume.  Also, you tend to lose a bit of soil if you're not careful when harvesting.

I'd expect to have to add more compost or soil each year in a raised bed.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Feeding Raised Beds after the first year
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2009, 21:47 »
I have the same situation. We are going to add some top soil from other areas and some compost to top em up. I have put a bit of rotted manure in the ones that are currently empty (apart from the one where the root veg are going) and I have sprinkled some grow organic on the ones that are to be planted next week.



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