Posted: 03/06/2012 at 11:49
I just layered it up as suggested, I collected all the stuff first and then the top was just a deep layer of bought compost..my beds are about 2ft high. the top layer was mulched with straw and you just moved away the straw and planted out straight away (not seeds). I was amazed at the results for the first year as I mentioned before my tomatoes were amazing. I had never grown tomatoes properly before (we are novice gardeners), a friend who has a small holding in Romania came and checked them over for me.. When they were fairly tall he stripped all the bottom leaves off (I was horrified!) and they kept growing and the tomatoes went on until the end of September. We had beans, sweetcorn, lettuce, radishes, beetroots etc. our first year. I recently joined our local horticultural society and mentioned my gardening habit and they looked at me as if I was mad. When it was all finished we just dug it over and started layering again ready for this Summer and the compost is fantastic. You can do the same in any place... Even grown potatoes under straw. Incredible!