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westclaregrower
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:22 pm    Post subject: Photos of my raised bed veg garden Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

As im only new to the forum and gardening ( last 2 years ) i thought i would shear some photos of my garden to date.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they look really healthy dont they?well done,mine are half the size at the mo
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lovely neat job with very healthy looking plants. well done.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Breezyacre and sal,
I just add compost as a top up and let the worms do there job, no feeding or fertilizer used except on the spuds for blight.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love what you've done with the raised beds WCG - in fact I'm in the process of trying something similar with gravel paths around each bed. What's underneath the gravel? Did you put fabric down or anything?

Thanks

Tailspin.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tailspin,
I put heavy duty weed block fabric over the whole area, put the beds into position and then cut the fabric away from the centre of the beds and stapled it up the sides of the bed to keep the earth from coming into contact with the timbers in a hope that the timber would last a bit longer.
you would need about 3-4 inches of stone to keep light out to prevent weeds pushing up although they will find a way.
i don't get to many weeds in the beds as i bought in sieved and graded top soil which was expensive but the veg are liking it, and i top up with compost when needed.

best of luck with your own project
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

westclaregrower wrote:
Hi Tailspin,
I put heavy duty weed block fabric over the whole area....


Just to clarify to other users, although its environmentally no-so-friendly, the heavy duty woven plastic called Mypex is better long-term wise. The thinner porous lightweight fabrics tear under the pressure of stone by plodding feet, and does inevitably rot.

Mypex does "suffocate" the soil i.e. no gaseous or earthworm movement, but as this is just a path, I am sure you can redeem yourself in other parts of the garden.

p.s love your veg patch wcgrower

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Hi Protein Reply with quote

I had no idea I was doing that kind of damage to the soil Shocked
My lack of knowledge I'm afraid Embarassed
But I do seem to have nearly every bug and creepy crawly in Clare in my garden so I can't be all bad, are you being blown around the garden the last few days like I have? Weather is turning good at last Cool

Regards WCG
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The weedblock fabric is quite a topical point by some gardeners, for reasons mentioned above. But lets face it, its not "other" gardeners that will be ripping out your weeds, so in my opinion, use of fabrics for paths is totally acceptable.

Yes, the gale force winds have flattened my poppies, and my lovely clump of stately evening primroses are sprawling along, but on the whole, I am in awe as to the wonderful season we are having compared to the last two years.

Yes, water makes plants grow, but so does heat and warmth.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi WCG

Thanks for the advice WCG - I'm going to put down a layer of Mypex and plenty of gravel.

Regards,

Steve.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:23 pm    Post subject: updated photos of raised beds Reply with quote

Hi All,
Just thought i would post some updated pic's as there has been some huge growth in just 2 weeks Surprised trying to stay ontop of keeping everything watered is a balancing act in it's self.
I am having trouble with my broccoli as you will see in the attached photos they do fine untill they get so big then just bolt Crying or Very sad i have pulled up 3 in the last 3-4 days. any ideas on how to stop this would be great, they are well watered and have part shade area.

I have also found that mixing those water retaining crystals into my pots is helping as they were drying out way to fast in the good weather we are having.



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:28 pm    Post subject: more pic's Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic photos.......beautifully kept garden, you should be featured on a gardening programme ! Well done.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the "peas gone mad"!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject: beatiful veggies Reply with quote

Hi westclaregrower,

Lovely job with growing your veggies, everything looks so good. You are doing very well for someone who has only been gardening for two years.

Where did you buy those hoops? I'm thinking that they'd be very handy for winter protection round my way.

artalis Very Happy
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