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Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 16:31

Just built one of my own, and went for a similar mix as Bob above says - about 2/3 topsoil, a bag of mp compost, a bag of manure and some compost from my own compost bin. Added in some chicken manure pellets, but I think you can use any good fertilizer depending what you want to grow - nitrogen richer for leafy/brassicas etc, more potassium for fruiting types I think is right.


Posted: 29/03/2014 at 10:47

Hi. I've found any pot around 6" or over will do really, depends how big you want the plants to get and what types - last year numex twilight types seemed happy to only get to around 2 foot tall, whereas my friar's hat and oruzco purple were much taller. I've even had good crops from more than one plant per pot when I didn't want to separate close seedlings.

chilli peppers

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:08

Seems a strange year for me with chillies - got some initial growth in heated propagator (cheap option and vitapod one)  then they have stagnated a bit. May have to do another batch in case they don't take.

In the last few years I've tried several varieties of chilli with two plants per pot - never seems to diminish the fruiting etc. Tend to be the same types, but might try mixtures this year. Anyone else tried this?


Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:00

Busybee2 - nice idea with the longer corner posts. I might copy that if I make another one!

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:57

Heh many replies much the same 

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:55


I've gone for a cheapish option and just knocked one up using gravel boards, about 19mm thick I think, and stacked two high to get the 30cm depth with a post in each corner made from roughly 5cm by 5cm wood. Quite small bed though overall  - about 90cm square - but seems strong enough.

For longer sides I think they might need a strengthening baton or two - but I'm by no means a DIY expert 



Veg in shade

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:47

Thanks all - I have some gooseberries next to this patch in shade mostly full time already, second year so hopefully will get fruit this time round.

I think i'll try kohl rabi again this year - experimented in a shallow raised bed and it didn't get going properly last summer. Spinach too - never have much luck, but the shadier spot may be a better option.



Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:02

Ahh sorry I meant potatoes grew there ok - abbreviated it without thinking! Year previously had some cabbages there which also went fairly well.

Will add chard to my list of things to try



Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:34

Hello all,

I have a strip about 5m long by 1-2m wide, that is in the shadow of a wall/fence all through the summer (and is even bigger this time of year as the sun is lower)

I was wondering what veg to try  - pots did ok there last year, but was thinking of brassicas this year coming - kale, cabbages etc. Any other suggestions of shade friendly veg? Soil is clay and gets quite wet, but has had a fair amount of work on it - manure, compost etc - to break it up.

Any tips welcome  - thanks!


I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 19:11

Agreed, nice idea for a thread - thought I replied yesterday but post went crazy!

My first proper summer in this garden,was quite unfocused and tried all sorts of stuff . Goodish year overall, lots of caterpillar problems once it got warm and they ate everything to some extent - cabbages, kale, chillies and tomatoes all got hit. Anyway...

Runner beans - Enorma, done well after lateish start.

French beans - Purple Teepee grew well and prolific, Speedy ok too. Tried Solano - a yellow type, small and disappointing beans.

Carrots - Nandor, my first proper try at carrots and got some nice ones so growing a later crop in deep pots. Will try more next year.

Cabbages - Greyhound, grew very easily and got some big hearts. Will grow again with some netting etc next year.

Tomatoes - good crop - Sungolds prolific but agree bit too sweet for me and split a lot, Torenzo bush type were prolific and tasty. Ferline - good size fruits. Bought a Shirley and Gardeners Delight late on from GC cheap, and those are still fruiting.

Courgettes - didn't have a good year, hit and miss with several types. Think the weather didn't help. Tried  Black Forest climbers with seeds from GW show but think it was a little late - few nice fruits off those.

Garlic - Albigensian Wight - good little crop, tasty cloves.

Cucumbers - Marketmore outdoor type very good as they were last year. Some good Telegraphs in the greenhouse but got mildewy early.

Chillies - all did okay - Numex Twilight and Oruzco Hot Purple particularly (in greenhouse), and will try to overwinter a couple in a propagator this year and have one at least for indoor pot plant. Each year I grow some from my own dried chillies from the year before, and try a few different types. Friars Hat tried this year - unusual looking and did ok.

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