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jordan19741
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 7:53 am    Post subject: Need advice on new allotment Reply with quote

I have recently bought a new allotment and I need a bit of advice on how to set it up. I have loads of ideas but cant decide on raised beds or just grow from the ground up. What is the advantages and disadvantages of haveing a raised bed?
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:37 am    Post subject: To raise or not to raise Reply with quote

Hi Jordan, I recently started an allotment too and asked myself the very same question. The benefits of having raised beds is that you get

Improved drainage
Easier harvesting/maintenance (not as much bending down)
Deterrent to carrot fly
It's easy to change the soil pH inside your raised bed while keeping the rest of the allotment at a different pH

There's already a great thread on this forum about Planning a vegetable garden It's a great point to start off from

One of the disadvantages I've heard of is that if you get pests or disease within the bed you might possibly have to dig the entire bed out and replace the soil. but on the whole you could possibly just plant something that wouldn't be so affected by that particular beastie. Also there is some consensus that its more trouble than its worth to grow spuds in a raised bed because you have to earth them up but personally I can't see any reason for not giving them a shot. Another note to mention is the cost. Unless you have a reasonable supply of wood lying around it'll cost you a few quid in timber. Money that you might rather spend on a good wheelbarrow for instance.

I decided to go with a mixture on my plot. The peas, carrots, garlic, onions are all in raised beds and everything else is out in rows. Raised beds make great seed beds too, I found it alot easier to prepare the bed once it was all boxed in. I have my leeks and celery all starting off in the seed bed. It's a big job starting a plot off. Long handled tools make ground work a little easier. Best of luck with it.

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: To raise or not to raise Reply with quote

cheers paddy mac you have just made my mind up, its raised beds then.
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