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I have just built two raised beds and I am getting top soil tomorrow what do I do next need help please
archiepem

dig in well rotted  manure . or compost . leaf mould 

If you don't already have any of the above, which I'd recommend as first's, mushroom compost can be bought very cheaply from small nursery's for just over a £1 a bag and can be dug in. 

Hi Steven

Yes excellent for veg.  Mushroom compost is ideal mix in with top soil.  Sounds perfect for carrots too.  Try to mix it all as thoroughly as possible

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Edd

Hi Steven.

I would recommend sieving the top soil if it does not come already sieved. 

I use a old collapsible ironing board, that has a triangle grid mesh under the cloth surface, most come with this mesh on these days. You might have to snap one of the legs off then stand it on end like a A frame. Very handy and movable. but it does require a bit of labour to sift it. Well worth it in my opinion.

 

I got my topsoil today and it was very wet I put it in any way but what can I do to help it dry out or do I just leave it help please

All soil is wet at the moment so I wouldn't worry yet. It is too early to plant now anyway. Additionally raised beds drain well so as the weather warms and you begin growing crops you may find you need to water more frequently. I would leave all alone, let things settle and the worms begin their work and wait for the soil to warm for planting. 

Not for me.  I would cover with polythene now.  It will enable the soil to dry out and enable ??ou to mix in compost, etc..  I would then, when mixed, uncover the beds for a couple of months.  Come pre-sowing time, if comditions are wet and cold, I would again cover with polythene.  

I would let it drain by itself, the lazy man's option. By their very nature raised beds are free-draining and it will very quickly dry out when the rain stops.

Does anyone no the right name for chicken manure please
archiepem
Steven Hancock wrote (see)
Does anyone no the right name for chicken manure please

CHICKEN PELLETS ??

sthlndngrower

really useful thread, just pinnging so i can find it again later.

I have just bought a four tier mini green house are they any good or have I just wasted 24 quid 

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