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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon the gardener View Post
    Paths are about 18 inches or 45 cm if you’re a young un
    I work in feet (or should I say Safety boots) . They are great for digging. Steel bridge on sole.
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    Mounded beds about a metre wide with narrow paths between sounds like our allotment. Squash etc are planted in the beds but ramble at will. As we're no-dig watering is less of a necessity but drainage is better.
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    This gives me an idea for next year,another benefit is,you have a better idea of where your seeds are,until they show ,it tells others,keep off,a few years ago i grew some good carrots in a raid bed with wood,same at home this year,but from now on,no more wood on sides,is a lot less work,the only benefit i see from using mounds is,the ground should not be as wet,so in the event of hot weather like this year,it should be good to flood the area/foot paths,a lot easier then a watering can,what do others think,see my brain is at it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    I work in feet (or should I say Safety boots) . They are great for digging. Steel bridge on sole.
    The normal spacing is 4 foot bed and 2 foot paths. That way the 2 foot you strip off either side of the beds for the paths adds another half of a 4 foot to the beds...ÖÖ.if you see what I mean?
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    Here the mounds are less than 4ft wide and the bottom (flat bit) of paths just wide enough to walk along.
    Once the mounds are raised, I've only seen people using hand tools to cultivate them. No full size forks or spades used on them.
    Easier for their elders to help with them, as well, it would appear
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    The normal spacing is 4 foot bed and 2 foot paths. That way the 2 foot you strip off either side of the beds for the paths adds another half of a 4 foot to the beds...…….if you see what I mean?
    That is approx. how I've laid it out. Just not formed any beds - all on flat at moment. Yes, get the jest
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    Over the years by beds are becoming more like mounds with the compost/leaf mound I keep adding.
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    The big advantage of lazy beds over raised beds is there's nowhere for slugs to hide. Downsides are that water tends to run off when you water, and soil gradually creeps onto the paths.
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