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Nozebleed
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:03 pm    Post subject: Raised Bed Sleepers Reply with quote

Is it ok to use the new type of railway sleepers for a raised bed? If so how should they be treated before laying?
thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:16 pm    Post subject: Sleepers Reply with quote

Hi Nozebleed.Check if the Sleepers have been Pressure Treated, its more than likely they have, if this is the case you have little to worry about. as for adding extra protection any good water based Stain will suffice .the colour is your choice.

Dave.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you! they are pressure treated...im gona buy them tomorrow.!!! i cant wait!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem,your very welcome.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

was working hard all day today!!! I decided to build myself a raised bed around some space around the back and side of the greenhouse. I had been reading about the deep bed concept and thought why not..SO MUCH WORK!!!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its quite a large plot. 16ft X 5ft and a further 7ft around the back of the greenhouse.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

only half way there.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You dont hang about,I only answered your Query last Night,

You know you've done a good Days work when you crawl up the Stairs to Bed on all 4's.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i just went for it! weather was nice..with a bit of rain the last few nights it was just enough to soften up the soil (kinda!)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 days work. about 10 hours labour!! im such a weed.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the worst part. i had a pain in m hole after the first day with stones but the second day was worse.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stones from the first day!! they were huge.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

all in all im happy. only thing now is....the soil level is still a little low. Im sure it compress down further in the next few months. So my question is. How can i improve the soil? I was going to fill it up with multi purpose compost.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Raised Beds Reply with quote

Nah,what you dug up are mere Marbles compared to the Boulders in the N/W. Peat or Compost or both wont do any harm,if your soil is a bit heavy mix a couple of Shovels of coarse Sand into the soil ,helps to break it down
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks again for the reply. there's a good deal on multipurpose compost around my way at the moment. 375ltr for €10. so maybe €30 will be enough to level it off nicely.
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