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bodger

Raised beds?

I don't know these people, but this morning I had a look through their website.  I've been inspired by what I saw and as a result, I'm going to make myself some raised beds.

http://www.cinderhillfarm.com/#garden

A couple of years ago, I had a lot of rough cut planks delivered amongst a load of firewood from the local forestry company. I've been saving them ever since and now that they are dried and seasoned, they should be ideal for the job. I'm thinking that I'll give the planks a quick coat of creosote to make them last a little longer but once completed, the project should be a very useful addition to my poly tunnel.
I'm already planning what I might grow in them.  I'm not going to go OTT to start with and will probably aim at completing three beds this autumn. They're going to cost very little to build, as I already have most of the materiasl required, its going to be a proper little bit of self sufficiency. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the construction. That's if it ever stops raining of course.
Digindeep

Raised beds are spot on   ..Its exactly how I'm going about designing and building my new'ish vegetable plots, even in the poly, as some of the photo's in other threads show.
At the moment they are only 120mm high, with 800mm corner posts.
This is to allow me (a) to hang nets over as and when required and (b) as they are filled with compost and manure, they will require extra planks to make them higher.
I also have a few builders planks, which can be laid across from side to side.
This aids when planting out and when digging them over, rather than walking on and compacting the soil. For me a win, win situation and the way to go...
Best of luck......   thumbs up on all counts.

Paths just need to be wide enough for a wheelbarrow...at least 600mm (2ft) wide.
lizzie44

They work a treat. We have several. Well worth the initial effort.
Rena

lizzie44 wrote:
They work a treat. We have several. Well worth the initial effort.


Agreed!!!
confused

I have used raised beds now for nearly 6years , i built mine with scaffold battons , some beds are 1high , some are 2 high, they are approx4ft wideand have a path between just wide enough to allow me to get my wheelbarrow down them,i have 6rows of these beds and on rows 2 and 5  i have 2 compost bins , my train of thought is that i'm never far away from a bin ,and everything goes in the bin , i pick my weeds in to  an old breadbasket , leaving them in there for a few days to die off berore putting them in the bins, this year i am going to make a chicken tractor (i've actually bought one of these "fancydan" chicken houses that are overpriced and undersized  6ft x3ftwith the house upstairs ! i bought mine for 10!!!! because the door was broken ) and it is my intention to put 2or3 birds in this and let them scratch away at one of the beds during the winter .
One of the big plusses for me with the raised beds is it was hard work to start with but now i never need to stand on the soil as can dig from both sides , and weed from both sides , over the years i have had them i have tried to put as much muck as i can in them over the years , and now i can see the big benifits of my work, go for it you will never regret the wee bit effort to get going.
Digindeep

Its great when everyone agrees, I've no regrets, couldn't justify the cost when I had the allotments.
Now! Hey .....its my own  
bodger

I'm going to kick in with making three. I've got an ideal little spot in mind. I don't think it will take all that long to make them:nwink:
NZPOME

PLease tell me you're going to line them if you're going to use creosote, that's such evil stuff and bad for you :(
sod

We are about to start ours as got some douglas fir slabs. Size of gardens will be that of the slabs  
confused

sod wrote:
We are about to start ours as got some douglas fir slabs. Size of gardens will be that of the slabs

I would advise that you dont make them much more than 4ft wide , the reason being that you can then tend them from either side without standing on them , which makes a huge difference to the amount of digging you need to put into them.
sod

confused wrote:
sod wrote:
We are about to start ours as got some douglas fir slabs. Size of gardens will be that of the slabs

I would advise that you dont make them much more than 4ft wide , the reason being that you can then tend them from either side without standing on them , which makes a huge difference to the amount of digging you need to put into them.


Thanks for that you might have saved lot of work and  
confused

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confused wrote:
sod wrote:
We are about to start ours as got some douglas fir slabs. Size of gardens will be that of the slabs

I would advise that you dont make them much more than 4ft wide , the reason being that you can then tend them from either side without standing on them , which makes a huge difference to the amount of digging you need to put into them.


Thanks for that you might have saved lot of work and [/quote
] Another wee thing i have tried is no dig gardening , maybe look it up on google , maybe not perfect but not the worst daft thing i have tried .
sod

[quote="confused:306055"]
sod wrote:
confused wrote:
sod wrote:
We are about to start ours as got some douglas fir slabs. Size of gardens will be that of the slabs

I would advise that you dont make them much more than 4ft wide , the reason being that you can then tend them from either side without standing on them , which makes a huge difference to the amount of digging you need to put into them.


Thanks for that you might have saved lot of work and [/quote
] Another wee thing i have tried is no dig gardening , maybe look it up on google , maybe not perfect but not the worst daft thing i have tried .


Many years ago we got a book out of library here all about "Gardening fron the couch"  on that and as we were caretakers at local show grounds had lots of straw so put spuds down on ground covered in straw also put strawabout 1ft deep on ground made small hole though to plant veges etc. and watered then uncovered spud crop all clean and good result same with veges. Worked great but never hadfree straw again as moved.
confused

Cheers Sod   i will try antthing once !
sod

confused wrote:
Cheers Sod i will try antthing once !


For me twice to iron out mistakes of first time
Border

Tiring Work these raised beds.




If you want raised beds without much Work check out the link.

http://www.resilientcommunities.c...ban-gardening-straw-bale-gardens/
sod

Border be care full no one pops a lid on there
Digindeep

So did you build the raised beds Bodger ?
If so Where are the Pics....?  

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