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Raised Veg beds design & construction

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 08:40

Good shout on the scaffold boards.  Hadn't thought of that.  

The thinking behind the depth was due to what is there already.  Currently in the area is covered in an old layer of play area bark to a depth of about 4-5 inches with a membrane underneath.  This has compacted down over the years.  Rather than dig it up I was thinking of simply laying another membrane and using gravel (well, slate) over the top as we prefer the look.  This would mean that the bed was sat straight on top of bark and a membrane rather than soil.  Hence I thought it might need to be a bit deeper, although now you say it 2 feet sounds a bit too deep.

Raised Veg beds design & construction

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 23:00

Hi there.

I'm after some guidance on a vegetable patch I'm planning.

We recently moved into a house that had a large paly park at the bottom of the garden.  This is a barked area measuring approximately 5m x 5m.  I've now dismantled the park and am left with the area and thought to use to grow vegetables.  I was thinking of constructing 3 raised bed measuring 1m x 3m and 60 cm deep.  The current plan is to construct these out of marine ply and clad in something more visually appealling.  

Does this sound reasonable?  

One final point is that the area is relatively shady - it doesn't get much direct sunlight until the afternnon.  From research it looks like as long as I'm selective about what I plant I should be fine but would appreciate opinions from here.


Thanks in advance for any advice.

Anyone know the name of this fruiting plant...?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:41

Sorry to dissapoint Nutcutlet - it's got peddles and constantly reminds me to quit one of my vices. 

Pruning Mahonia

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:20

Thanks again.  I'll be getting aggresive with it next year then.

Anyone know the name of this fruiting plant...?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:19

That was quick.  I'm obviously in the right place.  Someone else suggested quince but when I googled it I was presented with the yellow fruit so thought it must be something else.  Looking now at Chaenomeles japonica online it does indeed appear to be a match.  

I think there is still enough fruit on it to do something with it so I'll have to start thinking about that now.

Pruning Mahonia

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:12


A bit of a novice gardener here so please forgive the silly questions.

We have an established Mahonia in the back garden.  It must be 8-9 foot tall consisting of 3 main stems and seems very lanky compared to others that I've seen.  I was wondering what the advide would be about cutting it back in order to promote a better spread.  My first inclination would be to saw it back to half height and see what happens.  

Also if I am to prune it when is the appropriate time?

Any advice would be appreciated.  


Anyone know the name of this fruiting plant...?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:02


I moved into a house last year and we have this established small tree/shrub in the back garden.  It has red flowers in the spring and is evergreen.  It also has large green fruit that smells sweet when cut into (see photos).

Does anyone know what it is?


Thanks in advance.




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