Posted: 19/09/2014 at 08:26
I have 4 raised beds for all my veg. crops and you need to be aware that some things like plenty of manure but many don't. Root vegetables in particular i.e. carrots, parsnips, etc will not do well in freshly manured ground as the roots will tend to fork. Legumes (Peas, beans etc) will need plenty of moisture holding compost/manure, as will courgettes, marrows, cauliflower and leafy salad crops. Potatoes will need plenty of organic matter to help against scab. Runner Beans like to have a good base of water retaining compost to a good depth (I dig a double deep trench for my R/Beans every year and fill it with well rotted manure, compost from my previous year's compost bin, shredded paper, straw etc (anything that will hold water) to about 4-6" below where the soil level will be after treading it all down, then backfilling with soil and level off. I then put the bean poles in at this stage to avoid disturbing the plants as they grow, then runner beans are sown/planted in this and they always do very well.