Annie wrote:billnorfolk wrote:Annie wrote:That looks a good deep raised bed Bill, gives you more scope for growing, mine is only about 10" so no root veg or things like runner beans that need a good depth for the root systems .
Was thinking about halfing them or digging them down about a foot ,thinking Annie how much soil or compost it will take to fill them .My ordinary raised beds are only 4" boards but the soil underneath is cultivated so got plenty of soil depth.Looking at the best way to cut them if i decide its the way to go
I thought you must be a millionaire to fill to that depth with compost Bill . The ground up at the smallholding veg garden is awful where we place the raised bed, full of stone and sucked dry of any nutrient by a huge conifer windbreak hedge. We layered about 4 inches of horse muck from the stables, and equal quantities of compost and top soil last year but it still took loads for just a 10" depth. It was used for brussels and cabbage and we were surprised at just how much it had sunk in the 8 months or so since it had been filled. We mixed some gp compost and a couple of bags of sand through and are growing onions/shallots/garlic this year in the raised bed. My ffriend wants another 4 or 5 beds to go in this summer - hope she comes up on the lotto
Hi Annie pity she wasnt closer to where we live could have had some of the compost bins got more than i nead.
Thing is your manure rots down that will make it drop and the lot starts to compact .
It is surprising how much they take ,my garden beds are just 4" it works well but ground underneath is very good as well .Was looking at plastic raised beds on line silly prices so glad i got the compost bins as ideal.
They were easy to cut with a jigsaw and as you say easier and cheeper to fill ,wish i was a millionair would get the head gardener to do it all
Was a lovely weekend but back to rain and cold today oh well