Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:13
Yes I did laugh a little when I saw monty's raised beds, even my wife said Monty has copied you! (Which was a very rare compliment!) Mine are made from scaffold boards, but, having seen the slabbing and brickwork around his beds, that is some serious cash gone in there, just the slabs alone would probably have been £100+. The wood didn't look like scaffold or pallets to me. I'd be surprised if monty did anything aside from draw the plan and then fill the beds. For the average gardener it's a huge job, (esp if you work full time too and have kids) or a very expensive one to get someone else to do. Then again, he is a well paid presenter on TV, I dare say if I earnt the money he does, I'd not be doing the heavy stuff either!
The important thing is that you get ideas from the program, I have learnt loads from a nutty american guy on youtube called john who has uploaded a massive amount onto youtube. He lives in nevada and basically has turned his whole garden into edible grub with raised beds and vertical gardening. It riles me that yanks can buy wood so damn cheap, but he gives me ideas I can adapt to my circumstance. I'd never have thought of using rock dust rather than fertiliser if I hadn't seen him.