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27/03/2013 at 13:12

 I read this blog quite regulary and have just come across this article that I thought may come useful.

 Maybe abit adventurous this cold easter weekend though!

How to build your own raised beds :

Let me know how it goes if anyone tries it

27/03/2013 at 13:35
27/03/2013 at 13:43

That looks like it'll be a fun challenge, just thinking if I made one what flowers I could put in it

27/03/2013 at 16:41

I think it would be a fun challenge trying to build one in this weather!

30/03/2013 at 23:28

I've just made some. The previous owner built a wooden deck , but built it above the damp proof course so i had to take it down. So rather than wasting the wood i made raised beds

they are 3m x 1.6m. I just have to line the wood with plastic sheeting and put a antiweeed matting on the bottom tomorrow. and just need to get some wooden stakes to stop them bowing out


31/03/2013 at 10:37

How much top soil would you need for a raised bed that large? 3m x 1.6m x .3m  1.44 cubic meters i think 1440 litres.

says that is 3 bulk bags worth, a tonne of topsoil is between 750 Litres  normal, to a blend 900 Litres. They price at between 74 - 86 pounds sterling a tonne depending on what mix it is. 

  Might be worth resizing a little a 3foot wide bed about a meter and 20 cm deep works out at 600 litres.

It seems the biggest cost of a raised bed isn't making it but filling it.

31/03/2013 at 11:39

Yes , i'm getting top soil (0,75m) at around £74. But will bulk it out with compost and some soil i will have from digging out a patio. So hopefully that should fill them

31/03/2013 at 15:21

Hi last year we paid £20 a ton for good top soil £20 for a full tipper of manure for our new raised beds and the winter and worms did the rest, cheap and its now ready to go,  really no need to spend fortunes good luck


03/04/2013 at 11:24

Steve Worthing looks really good, you will have to post another pic once it is planted

05/04/2013 at 20:52

 All lined , plastic sheeting around the outside to help protect the wood from rotting and antiweed membrane to stop weeds and help hold moisture & nutrients (south facing so will dry out quick, if we have a summer that is

 2 Tons of soil later and all ready to go


06/04/2013 at 21:24

Steve Worthing this is exactly how I built 2 of my raised beds. They work really well just got to re paint them this summer in an attempt to brighten up the garden. But deck board is a great cheap option to build with.

09/04/2013 at 10:54

Steve Worthing thats great thanks for adding those images. Looks like you did a great job

13/04/2013 at 20:41
13/04/2013 at 20:43
What is the difference between top soil and compost?
07/06/2013 at 20:41

 So a little update. Raised beds working well. one planted out with Salad leaves and the other has Tomatoes, Sweetcorn (mini) Peas, Beans, Aubergine.

@Alice, not really much differance between Compist and topsoil. I have found that topsoil has a little more things added to it.

07/06/2013 at 20:43


07/06/2013 at 20:57

That's pretty impresive Steve

07/06/2013 at 21:04

Thanks Nutcutlet,

 And my Sweetcorn is bigger than Montys

07/06/2013 at 21:06

and well caged against marauders

07/06/2013 at 21:09

Yes, but against Foxes!

My garden is a Fox run to the park behind it. But they love to stop in mine and randomly dig in the raised beds, the little buggers!  So an antifox net has been installed

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