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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.

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 12:21

I have a similar thing with 3  squash plants outdoors - patty pans etc - lots of foliage, lots of flowers but no fruit yet. Think the recent sun and rain mix in the UK has invigorated them, so waiting on fruit progress. Bees seem to be around them a lot so as you say could just be a slowish year and need to be patient.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:12

Well I'm getting a lot of fruit - smallish - on some Sungolds outside that I got on offer from GW magazine, and they have multiple trusses. They are mostly straight in the ground. Starting to ripen.

In the greenhouse Ferline has some big fruit yet to ripen, as with Moneymaker and Big Boy. By far the best though are several Torenzos from seed in the greenhouse -  produced probably 50 or 60 ripe so far with many more to come, ripened nice and early. Recommend these and will definitely grow them again next year - but be careful of support as I lost a few 'branches' worth because of the amount of fruit.


Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 09:15

Well I've moved it outside, seems ok. Will see if the fruit issues clear.

Greenhouse has two auto vents and two slatted vents, in an 8 x 6 foot house, so not much more I can do to cool it really. 

Will see how it goes 


Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 15:26

Sorry for delay in replying. Yes I did wonder if it was more sensitive to heat for some reason  - it has been up to 35 degrees or so at times, although the toms have been shaded.

I am tempted to remove it (it is in a bottomless pot on top of a growbag) and try it outside if I can relocate without destroying the roots. Don't want to risk the others getting it too

Thanks for everyone's replies 

Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 17:47

Right here are some images - sorry for the quality, taken on my mobile.

Leaves looking ok - some brown perhaps scorch marks, but some of the 'marks' are actually water splashes reflecting (v bright greenhouse today)


Infected fruit on the vine still, just turning on the right side slightly. Stem looks fine to me (some branches cut off for light)



Large fruit cut open, shows clearly the infected patch and inner going darker near it.


 Doesn't seem to be spreading to any of the others near it - Ferline, Sungold, Torenzo, Moneymaker, Big Boy all appear ok (although the Big Boy near it is taking ages to ripen)

Thanks v. much

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