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Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 20:34

We started our raised beds about 4 years ago now in April... they are about 2 ft high so I dont have to bend down... but we started 2 Lasagne beds (Youtube helps)... it seemed to me the easiest thing to start off with, layering it all like a lasagne with cardboard on the base, then manure, garden and green kitchen waste, straw, bought bags of compost... it didnt take long to fill, then the top layer was compost/soil and straw... I just moved the straw out of the way and could plant seedlings immediately in May.  We had lovely beans, tomatoes were over 6 ft high, salad etc... after a while when the planting had finished the compost in the bed had shrunk so we just carried on as before for next year with root veg..  The compost is lovely now.  We moved 3 years ago, took the beds with us as well as the compost!  I wasnt going to leave that lovely stuff behind was I?


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:06

ok thanks for that


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:55

You reminded me that I had one of those but it never grew as well as that ... that is a beautiful color.  We moved and left it, I might get another one and try again as I love the size and color of the flowers.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:50

thank you for that information... I think I am just a bit toooo eager!  I have sown parsnips, carrots, brussel sprouts in my raised bed already... and peas and sugar snaps in pots under a cloche under my covered area at the side of the house... also some teeny grape size toms (as an experiment) which are now indoors on the window sill with the sweet peas..  will run out of space soon.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:56

I have just got some Hestia Runner Beans and wondered if I should soak them first.  I have some Sweet Pea seeds and the packet said soak them in tepid water for 12 hrs.

February in Your Garden

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 11:38

thank you Artjak... I will have a go with the snippers, once its stopped snowing here.

February in Your Garden

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 19:40

p.s. I am thinking of doing some microgardening... I have a no dig/lasagne bed already.  Got to do some more reading up on it

February in Your Garden

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 19:39

It has been freezing here in Crawley and I dont feel any inclination to go and do anything in the garden but have a quick nosey round...  My onions are growing  slowly, my beans were eaten alive so dont think there will be any early beans now, but a couple of sweetpeas in pots that got left out are still growing like mad despite the snow and frost (dont understand that), my chives and parsely survived not sure what to do with my clematis tho... I had a new one that was doing well then it developed 3 buds over the winter which didnt flower, should I trim my clematis as they look a bit spindly, I didnt do it earlier because some were flowering until late.  My garden was all upside down last year.  Tomatoes/pots got blight.. if it wasnt for my courgettes I would have given up.

Cheap seeds

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 18:56

thank you Garden girl for sending me some seeds...  looking forward to using them... sorry my reply is late, they arrived last week.

Cheap seeds

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 12:11

Thank you - I will have a look


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