Newbie and her raised beds

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amandaandherveg

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« on: April 06, 2008, 17:41 »
Hello everyone

Just finished renovating an old house, took a year including sorting out the large garden.  I've built 7 raised beds (1.2m x 1.2m) at the bottom of the garden to grow assorted veg.  I'm going to order some top soil this week.  Can you folks advise what I need to mix it with (free chicken poo from the neighbour if that was any good?).
Are we nearly there yet?

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compostqueen

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008, 22:10 »
chicken poo is fab but it is too strong to use fresh and has to be aged. You could pile it up or add it to the compost heap  :D

I like to add home made compost and grit sand to my heavy allotmnent soil which I don't dig so it needs a bit of help, oh manure too.  I rot leaves down to make leaf mould and that's good to add to raised bed soil

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 22:17 »
I don't have a compost heap organised yet  :shock:  so I'll have to source something in the meantime.  Any suggestions?  Lots of stables around here, how much would I need to add to my raised beds to use them this year without burning the veg?

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 22:29 »
hi there you can check your local council to see if they have a composting scheme going on,  and if they don't tell them to get there finger out and get with the programme :wink:
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not organic    but still a nice bloke

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 23:35 »
Quote from: "amandaandherveg"
I don't have a compost heap organised yet  :shock:  so I'll have to source something in the meantime.  Any suggestions?  Lots of stables around here, how much would I need to add to my raised beds to use them this year without burning the veg?

Same problem as with chicken poo, needs to rot for a while, unless you're lucky and can get it already well rotted. I know a place but it's half an hour's drive away  :shock:
I demand the right to buy seed of varieties that are not "distinct, uniform and stable".

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vegmandan

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2008, 00:16 »
If the Topsoil you are getting is decent stuff then you should be OK this year..just add a bit of fertilizer of your choice and then in autumn add some horse muck,compost or cow muck and dig it in and let the worms do the work. :D

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amandaandherveg

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2008, 14:08 »
That's excellent, hoped someone was going to tell me that.  Will get a compost bin/heap on the go asap.

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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 14:53 »
get a cople of tone of compost from your locel olthoroty its cheper than bags and perfict for rased beds

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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 16:41 »
locel olthoroty ????
Whats one of them then?
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