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Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:50

My sentiments too Tootsietim.   Of course raised beds for disabled, poor sighted or other impairment or because of otherwise poor growing conditions are necessary.  But there is a growing hype about raised beds that has become silly

Does no digging work?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:45

No dig works well for me.  Modestly I think I produce pretty good veg etc so it works.  Just make sure soil is generously top dressed as often as possible


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:42

Swings and roundabouts Heather.  In summer when my soil dries out yours will prob be perfect.  As you say, we live where we live 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:39

Nice AWB.  Got several snowdrops in flower here but always meant to get a load like that.  You've inspired me to get ordering 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:35

Hiya Heather

how appropriate that it's me who welcomes you back.  The most modest and superior member here 

before you know it spring will be here......exciting that, isn't it?  Luckily my garden never gets swamped in mud but with increasingly warmer conditions it will soon be ready 

welcome Heather 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:29

Morning everyone 

warmer here but cloudy.  The sunshine of recent days is over methinks 

going to see GP today.  Got small sore that is reluctant to heal on my forehead so I guess its time to get gp's opinion.  Least my Will is up to date...ha ha.  Guess I'm feeling a little mortal since recent events 

sensing perfect sowing and planting conditions are not far away



Posted: 10/02/2015 at 23:09


Posted: 10/02/2015 at 21:49

Osmanthus heterophyllus.......Liriodemdron .  It's always important to get correct names in order to know how plants grow so a return to the supplier I think Panda.


Posted: 10/02/2015 at 21:03

Looks like Osmanthus there Panda. ,can't see the label properly or enlarge picture but it's looks like no myrtle I know.

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 20:56

No, raised beds don't future proof anything.  Unless your beds are going to be 3' high???   They create problems too with slugs n snails....try it for yourself.  

I "define" my veg patch with a lavendar hedge, a mixed shrub planting and a runner bean framework in summer...currently this framework has wallflowers growing there.

raised beds look awful very often.  Unless built aesthetically they look overly formal and contrived.

raised beds pose as many problems as anything else.  Save your money for,manure,,compost and slug nematodes 

you will not know the condition of soil imported either or the weeds ...jap knotweed can be imported.  I've become very aware lately of importing bugs, weeds and other  issues with bought in soil or compost 

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