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    Quote Originally Posted by TrixC View Post
    I donít think this will be too much of an issue because weíve already started building up the beds by digging out paths around them and piling it on the beds, we also get bulk deliveries of both council compost and manure to our site.
    Surely that's all you need? They don't have to have sides, with all the associated problems of rot,warping,pests living between boards and soil.
    A nice domed bed will be better for drainage and give a bigger surface area to plant into.
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    You can make raised beds like the old "lazy beds" with no timber at all, my Uncle in Norfolk had a small market garden business and he just made mounds of soil. Lots of compost/manure, don't walk on them, no digging at all, but you will need to get some soil or conditioner from your local council re-cycling to add to create the heaps. They will be small to start and will grow each year as you add more organic matter on top, grow in blocks rather than rows and make sure you rotate your crops each year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrixC View Post
    Which kits do you mean Alex? I looked at the link but Iím not sure where to start.
    look under garden and lifestyle, then raised bed kits, I bought the tantalised ones because of the weather here, the 10% extra cost is worth it for a longer lifespan

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    the guys are quite right by far the biggest cost was filling the beds and also to my mind the last place you want to skimp on, using a good filling at the outset is much easier than trying to go back and rectify it later.

    good doesn't necessarily mean expensive, just think about what you are filling the beds with, what you can easily add to improve soil quality and fertility.

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    I used 150X25 treated gravel boards with scrap 75X50 for corners. 50mm stainless screws.
    All cut ends and scrap were treated with croecote.

    When building beds or compost bins don't forget the eventual weight when it's all fixed together. Heavy items slide easily on long planks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    You can make raised beds like the old "lazy beds" with no timber at all, my Uncle in Norfolk had a small market garden business and he just made mounds of soil. Lots of compost/manure, don't walk on them, no digging at all, but you will need to get some soil or conditioner from your local council re-cycling to add to create the heaps. They will be small to start and will grow each year as you add more organic matter on top, grow in blocks rather than rows and make sure you rotate your crops each year.
    This is what weíve done at the moment but there are two issues with it. First is that quite a lot of space is wasted as you canít plant right to the edges of the bed the way you could if the edges were reinforced with timber. The other is that in the absence of a physical barrier grass from the paths is constantly encroaching.
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    I looked at them and thought they looked ideal, but for 5 kits they want to charge £99 delivery!

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