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I'd think that would be fine Michael. I made a lot of raised beds last year of varying height and size along a fence. I've used compost and a small amount of soil but, you're right, it's expensive doing it with all compost. Are you near a nursery? They will often sell spent compost at a lower rate. Probably not the right time of year though.
I would not use bought potting compost for raised beds - it just goes thin and dusty too soon and doesn't retain moisture - I would use a mix of equal parts good soil, homemade compost and farmyard manure. It will be fantastic.
My veggie plot is all raised beds filled with garden soil, some of which came from digging out the paths between them. They get added garden compost as and when available.
You could buy the Lidl cheapo compost, its only 2.00 a bag, mix with garden soil and chuck in a bit of bonemeal or chicken pellets.
Thought i would put on a picture of my square foot raised garden beds i will update with new pictures as i go through the stages of completing them
What height are your raised beds going to be? I'm just planning mine now?
Planted my first plant into one of my finished raised beds yesterday.I planted my Sedum (Spectable) which was a cutting last year off a friend.
Millie7 sorry its took so long to answer your post i missed it,Not sure on the height but the boards i have used are standard decking boards.
..I wonder what you did with the old grass turves that were already there within the frames...? I would have turned them over and chopped them up.. they quickly rot down and make such good topsoil over time, and I would then not have so much to fill with compost or whatever else you use...
..well done Mikey... that's the way to do it...