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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:30 am    Post subject: Raised beds Reply with quote

Hi, I am not sure if I am posting this in the right section! Anyway....
The reason I have an allotment away from the house is the garden here is just rock and stone. The only way I got a small flower bed was to dig out a patch and bring in topsoil to build it up bit by bit. I have been thinking of doing raised beds to grow things like salad and herbs as these are things I need to hand. What is the best method to use? Railway sleepers or treated timber are getting bad press for domestic use, I reckon I would need something similiar to 3 sleepers high to grow successfully. Is there any other reasonably priced timber that is suitable?
I don't have a side entrance so anything going out the back has to come through the house! Confused Confused Confused

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I created quickly last year some raised veg beds from scaffold planks that hadnt been treated, I then just used a garden paint that was non toxix to plants and animals to treat the wood.

I only went one scaffold high, and ensured that the ground underneath the bed was well forked.

if you were to go 3 sleepers or so high, it would take an awful lot of soil to fill the bed.

I filled my bed with some top soil, and mixed in compost and manure, and it took quite a few bags to fill it. So with carrying through the house it might be easier with a smaller bed.

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go with the scaffolding planks as well. No building at the moment so lots of them going cheap i guess, Crying or Very sad for the builders but Very Happy for you. . If we get a very dry summer (promised) then vegetables in a raised bed will need a lot of watering. This is ok if grow behind your house but if your allotment is a distance away that could be trouble. Herbs in a raised will need less watering as many come from dry countries anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies.I had not thought of scaffolding planks. The raised beds are for at home so watering will not be a problem. Maybe 2 boards high as only about 2 ins of soil in garden anyway.
Next question where do I get Scaffolding boards ?! Confused Confused Confused

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Organicgrowingpains wrote:
Thanks for the replies.I had not thought of scaffolding planks. The raised beds are for at home so watering will not be a problem. Maybe 2 boards high as only about 2 ins of soil in garden anyway.
Next question where do I get Scaffolding boards ?! Confused Confused Confused


have a ring around local scaffolding company's...they are happy to get rid of any damaged boards...if you explain what your using them for you may get them free, if you can collect yourself. This is how I managed to get hold of the boards pictured below..!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. Great looking plot too. The photo upload facility will add a whole new dimension to the site.
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