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« on: January 23, 2010, 21:33 »

  hiya all
             im putting in a raised  bed in my garden its going to be approx 2m x8m x450 deep
             the amount of topsoil required is about 7 tonnes is it ok to get soil from different
             sources ie friends builders ect and if so would i need to treat it with anything
             [i would like start growing this year if poss]

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2010, 22:57 »
You can get soil from all sorts of sources but you need to be careful that you are not importing soil borne probelems like clubroot or white rot, and of course that it is actually top soil and not subsoil  :ohmy:
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 22:10 »
Hi Doug, I ordered soil after doing an internet search as we needed quite a lot like you. It wasn't particularly cheap and not as luscious as I'd hoped!! but, there was barely a weed seed in it and I added some rotted muck - the crops did very well. I wouldn't have been able to find enough soil to fill my beds that's why I chose to buy it in - hope this helps, Hey Jude. 

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Re: soil
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 20:07 »
   whats the difference between topsoil and subsoil

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 20:10 »
Topsoil is the bit you grow in.  It may be anything from a few inches to a couple of feet or more deep.

Subsoil is the layer underneath the topsoil.  It is often a yellow clayey colour, or at least of a different consistency etc from topsoil.  It has no nutrients and plants do not grow in it.

Do not mix the two up!
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2010, 10:54 »
I am in the samesituation and need to fill my raised beds, how much should I expect to pay for topsoil?
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Re: soil
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2010, 19:48 »
I am in the samesituation and need to fill my raised beds, how much should I expect to pay for topsoil?

hiya
                    i rang around people i know are in building or groundworks but finaly got
                    mine ordered off a farm i used to shoot vermin on he sold it to me for 8
                    per ton inc delivery he assured me its good stuff                                         

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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2010, 23:09 »
:ohmy:, i was expecting to pay at least ten times that much, thats realy made my day, so I just need to find my local farm etc to get lowest price.  :D  :D :D :D :D Smashing

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2010, 18:59 »
Just been looking around and the cheapest stuff I can find is 100 per ton  :mad:

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2010, 20:45 »
Try Wickes. They use Rolawn products. I paid 90 with free delivery but the soil was a fantastic loam.

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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2010, 22:55 »
Tar :D

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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2010, 15:48 »
I got some soil from a job that was being done through work we had some fantasic looking fungi in the garden the following year  :blink: but now its decked over and they dont come up.
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2010, 16:54 »
Wickes is 100 with p&p, not cheap at all  :(

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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2010, 17:48 »
but now its decked over and they dont come up.

Most people would have just weeded and stuff :|


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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2010, 18:23 »
Wickes is 100 with p&p, not cheap at all  :(

Forget the internet for that sort of thing .. most are just sub companies for the main distributors anyway.

Last year good quality (but not top of the range) screened soil was 34 / tonne delivered in drop sacks from the local landscaping company. Pick the phone up and give people a call - its the only way.
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