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Building up Bed in the Polytunnel?


 
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Patcheen
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:45 am    Post subject: Building up Bed in the Polytunnel? Reply with quote

I have 3 raised beds in my polytunnel as the surrounding land can get water logged in the winter. The beds are made with scaffolding boards. This winter I am thinking raising the beds by adding another level of scaffolding boards. Essentially doubling the depth of the beds.

To fill the beds Iím planning on layering home-made compost, last years leaf mould, straw, seaweed, card board and manure with a top covering of top soil.

Mainly I grow first early Potatos, Onions, Leeks, Peas, Tomatos, Courgette, Carrots, Corn, Lettuce, Rocket Strawberries, Peppers, Artichoke and Aubergine

So I was wondering what people here thought of this mix?
Will this make a suitable medium for a variety of vegatables or should I fill the beds differently according to what I intend planting next spring?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts
Thanks Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mix sounds good, but will take a while to consolidate into a proper soil. It might help to mix it up thoroughly first, instead of layering. I would strongly recommend not filling your beds completely to start with. This will allow you to top dress and mulch as you go. I'd also recommend incorporating a decent amount of "water retention granules" aka silica gel, the same as you get in little sachets with electrical goods. I did that this year, and it really helped with watering, and I got better crops. I also use "Rootgrow" which is a proprietary mix of symbiotic fungi, to help create a healthier soil in unnatural conditions, and every time I find worms under buckets, pots etc. in the garden, they go into they tunnel beds.
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