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15/01/2014 at 21:35
I have just built two raised beds and I am getting top soil tomorrow what do I do next need help please
15/01/2014 at 21:38

dig in well rotted  manure . or compost . leaf mould 

15/01/2014 at 21:49

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. 

15/01/2014 at 21:55
So can I grow any veg in that
15/01/2014 at 22:10

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

16/01/2014 at 12:47

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.


16/01/2014 at 20:49
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
16/01/2014 at 23:35

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. 

16/01/2014 at 23:50

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.  

17/01/2014 at 08:32

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.

18/01/2014 at 18:25
18/01/2014 at 18:26
Does anyone no the right name for chicken manure please
18/01/2014 at 18:34
Steven Hancock wrote (see)
Does anyone no the right name for chicken manure please


21/01/2014 at 16:28

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

24/01/2014 at 14:56

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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