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samnorfolk

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Raised beds
« on: February 09, 2013, 04:49 »
im a novice at veg growing but I have a small cheap polytunnel 3x2x2 which i used last year to grow cucumbers, peppers tomatoes etc and this year i would like to put in some small raised beds as ground isnt good enough. How would i go about filling the raised beds

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 09:57 »

I would try contacting local farmers or stables to see if they will sell a large ammount of manure. Asking around at local allotment sites might have some good contacts who are willing to deliver?

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2013, 10:35 »
Yes add as much organic stuff as you can, have you got any homemeade compost to add? You could also add some layers of cardboard or newspapers , grass cuttings etc.
Some councils sell at low prices (or free on collection) bags of green waste compost - it's worth finding out if yours does ;)

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Re: Raised beds
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 01:48 »
I was recently advised by one of the T.V.gardeners, in a mail, to build them 12 inch high minimum. Cover the bottom in cardboard, then a good depth of well rotted horse manure and fill up with a mixture from a compost heap (well rotted) and good soil.

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Re: Raised beds
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013, 11:16 »
The higher the sides the more filling is needed, of course  :ohmy:

To begin with, you do not need to fill the beds to the top, as by adding more compost etc each year they will fill over a period of time

Saves on the initial outlay if you have to pay for materials

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