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raised beds

Posted: Yesterday at 16:14

An important factor is the compaction of the soil. If your soil is loose and crumbly, then no amount of posts driven into the ground is going to support the required depth of soil.

I built some raised beds a few years ago. Our soil is light and sandy (no good for gripping posts) and full of stones that constantly send the posts out of true. So I concreted them in place (1 in each corner and 1 in the centre of each of the long sides for the largest beds).

Because it's a sloping site facing north, I wanted to bring the north-facing side of each bed up to the horizontal to get more sun. As a result, the north-facing sides are between 350mm and 400mm high, while the south-facing sides are 200mm

For 2 smaller beds (1.8m x 1.2m), I used 4 posts, 1 in each corner, while 2 larger beds (3.6m x 1.2m) have 1 in each corner, plus 1 in the centre of each of the long sides.

The timber I used was all 50mm thick, width either 150mm or 200mm. Screws were Timber-Tite, size 6.5 x 80mm and 6.5 x 145mm. Like most timber, some of the boards have 'dished' across their width, but the screws have held everything together very securely. Scaffolding boards are thinner (usually 38mm), so would need more supports to prevent bowing.


Posted: Yesterday at 13:55

On the theme of disappearing industries and the effect on whole communities, did either of you see Sting's New York concert of the music from his play 'The Last Ship', shown on BBC 4 a few months ago?. Great music & musicianship, very moving.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 12:51

fidgetbones - Salvia Patens seeds have arrived - thanks

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:04

thanks Tootles, Verdun, Fairygirl, Supernoodle.

What a wonderful forum this is - so many knowledgeable members and so ready to share their experience.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:38

Lyn, fidgetbones, ginagibbs - thanks for your help. Artjak - Brilliant!

I have been deadheading regularly, sometimes every day and I'll be glad to say goodbye to that particular job for a while.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:46

Thanks Fleurisa, I always like to ignore the obvious. The thing is, I remember reading somewhere that Cosmos flowered through October.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:22

I have 3 pots, each planted with Cosmos, Begonia and trailing Petunias. They have been flowering their heads off since June, but over the last week or so, the Cosmos have started to look very tired. The colour of the foliage goes pale, with small white flecks or bands, then the lower foliage starts turning brown and crisp.

The other plants still look fine. The pots have been watered regularly for the most part (daily in the very hot weather, every 3 days otherwise) and fed weekly with tomato food. "The most part" could be the problem - on a couple of occasions during the hot weather, the daily watering was missed.

What is the most likely cause of this decline?




Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 20:29

Peter Ustinov, David Niven, Billy Connolly, Germaine Greer, Annie Lennox, Katharine Hepburn

Private Messages

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 12:21

No, I deserved it. I seem to be having more and more of them.

Private Messages

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:23

Obviously it was just me. Please ignore.

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Collapsing Cosmos

Looking generally tired, foliage turning brown and crisp 
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PM behaviour seems odd... or is it just me? 
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Is this an Escallonia?

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Cannot send private messages

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Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

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Will chicken wire keep moles out of raised beds?

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What is this?

Unknown plant appeared last year, now going mad 
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