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    Default Help growing in raised bed

    Last summer I started growing veg in containers and had some success with tomatoes, onions and radishes. And so I am now going to build a raised bed ready for the summer but I'm not sure what to grow in it? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am keen to try carrots as I only managed to grow 1 in my container, and then the dog dug it up!
    I have thought about potatoes or is that too adventurous? Or shoul they be in a potatoe planter? Help please!!!!
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    I grew my second earlies in a raised bed... actually I grew ALL my veg (barring 1 hanging basket of toms) in raised beds
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    I grow all my veg in raised beds and have many friends and even family wishing they had raised beds as everything grows so successfully. I'm very lucky as my husband is very skilled (and obedient) and created the raised beds by using 4inch concrete blocks and he is now in the process of building a removable netted cage around the raised beds using the concrete blocks as a base, because I lost the war against the caterpillers last year.

    It will work out to be quite pricey but once it is finished I should have no more problems with many pests and it will stop the dogs and cats and children digging up the veg!

    As with all grow-your-owning always remember to condition the soil and dig over the soil so it doesn't get too compact!

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    We had great success this year with ours, my husband did 2 out of scaffold planks, and my leeks are great, we had loads of mixed salad and cabbages, until the birds had them! Garlic did extrememly well, first year too!:
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    Quote Originally Posted by growingkasbar View Post
    I am now going to build a raised bed ready for the summer but I'm not sure what to grow in it? ...
    I have thought about potatoes or is that too adventurous?
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    I'd never thought of spuds as adventurous! They're easy, and would like a raised bed, which is basically a container but bigger.
    Roots can go deeper than they can in a container, so you'll have less watering to do.

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    Thanks everyone, I'm glad potatoes are easy I really want to have a go at them. Am I right in thinking that when you see the green leafs (of potatoes) poking through the soil you cover them up with more soil?
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    You can earth them up when the leaves start poking through - but the world won't end if you don't.

    I tend to plant my spuds really deeply (about a foot down) then maybe draw some soil up on each side once whilst they are growing. I mostly let them get on with it.

    I plant and harvest potatoes up quite early, I think - they are all out of the ground and into thick paper sacks in the garage by mid August. Some people leave them in the ground longer, but I think that just invites the slugs to have a go at them!
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    After much thought and doodling, I have come up with a plot design! I am thinking about growing my potatoes in a planter to give myself more space. Does anyone know where I can get one from? I want just one of those green sacks....I know that's not very helpful, sorry.
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