Making a raised bed- suitable timber?

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Re: Making a raised bed- suitable timber?
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2010, 08:54 »
I would remove the turf and then dig in your compost/sand etc.  The deeper the roots of your crop can go, the more types you can plant.  Rotovating would only chop up the roots and make even more viable weeds.  Sorry, a bit extra time in preparation will be worth it in the end.
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Re: Making a raised bed- suitable timber?
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2010, 19:53 »
We put beds in at school last year and stripped off the turf like Ice suggests -- it has been upside down in the corner for a while and is conposting down nicely  :D :D
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Re: Making a raised bed- suitable timber?
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2010, 22:30 »
I agree with the others on depth - 6" is the best even if it does cost a bit now, you'll be thankful you did in the end. It may not be a problem now but 6" height will drain off soil better than something shorter if you find your paths flooding or after heavy rains.

As for width, I'm with the 4 ft wide crowd as it's definitely easier to work the bed soil from that width. Lengthwise, I prefer 8 ft lengths myself and I don't make the paths between too wide. And yes, you can definitely scoop up path soil and pop it into the the beds. Suspect we've all done that.

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