Building a raised veg bed

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compostqueen

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Re: Building a raised veg bed
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2010, 09:03 »
I put thick cardboard over the weeds in my raised beds. I didn't dig them out or weed them first.  full thickness newspapers are also very good at seeing off perennial weeds.  Some folks break out the bottom of the raised bed and fork the area over before adding the soil which is a good idea as it helps to start raising the soil level, but if your back is bad I wouldn't worry about it

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compoQ

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Re: Building a raised veg bed
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2010, 09:09 »
Thanks

Along with the usual array of weeds in our plot we also have Maretail or horsetail (not sure of terminology), will the paper/cardboard approach help with this weed or is there another approach I need to apply?

Cheers x

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Re: Building a raised veg bed
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2010, 12:48 »
if you are intending to build several beds one piece of advise id give you is to set up a string line to act as a base line and build everything off this, that way it will all be in line and should look good.

ive nearly finished building all my raised beds, i used scaffold boards and 2"x2"x5' stakes oh and plenty of 3" nails! raised beds were really the only way to go for me as my plot is on a slope that floods at the bottom and has minimal topsoil at the top.

good luck and just take your time.

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compoQ

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Re: Building a raised veg bed
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2010, 12:51 »
Thanks Will!
I hadn't considered that



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