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NoobGardener
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:36 am    Post subject: What's essential? Reply with quote

Moving into a new house this weekend and want to put in a few raised veg beds. As neither myself nor the missus have ever grown veg, I was wondering, what essential items do I need e.g. cloches, plant food etc etc

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi NoobGardener,
I think the first thing you should consider is the aspect of the raised beds, they should be south facing if possible to give your vegetables the sunshine that they need. After that you should think about your soil, if you can then get in some well rotted manure to fill out your beds. Getting these two things right from the beginning is more essential than anything else and will be 75% of the battle in growing your own vegetables.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks
Luckily enough it is south facing.
I doubt I can get well rotted manure. I do have a wee bit of compost rom my brothers composter, but I doubt I'll have enough to fill the raised beds.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its worth paying top dollar for good quality sifted loamy topsoil to fill your raised beds. You can supplement nutrition with manure, composts and fertilizers. Have a look at the classified section of you local papers, chances you can source tonne bags of topsoil or trailer loads of manure.

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