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Hi all, we have just built a long decked raised bed, what soil should i get to fill it?

Have a Look at beechgrove this weeks

iplayer or even Sunday morning BBC2 800 am


Thanks for that i will look forward to watching that

Depends how big it is and how much you want to spend.  You can use a mixture of garden soil, any old cheopo compost like Lidls or similar, add some bone meal or chicken pellets, mix together and plant up! This is what I did last year for my veggie patch and all grew fine. 

Oh and dont forget to post a photo, when you get a new camera,

Thaks again Lyn, its 8ft long by 2ft width and 1ft depth, think i need to get a camera soon


Happy Easter Lyn and don't worry where not posh

I have just built a raised bed but the ground I am putting it on is mostly clay, too hard to dig level with ease. Would a layer of sand act as a good leveller and allow enough filtration?


Best to rough-dig it Joe, which will help with the drainage then fill the raised part with a mixture of topsoil and compost, adding some well-rotted manure (unless you're growing carrots/parsnips in which case skip adding the manure.)  An ideal mix for a raised bed is about 60% topsoil, 30% compost, 10% manure.)

Thank you!


Hi Joe and Bob, just thought I'd show you a picture of the end result, this is just one half of the raised bed, it took a tone bag of top soil mixed with compost and manure, but it was worth the hard work  

I love your vertical garden.  Novel idea growing it up the fence.  Certainly saves garden space



Looks fantastic flumpy1!  I've rotated it for you:


Thanks Bob ha ha, I'm new at taking photo's with my new tablet 

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