Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 8 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 9 to 16 of 61
Like Tree116Likes

Thread: The boggy plot

  1. #9
    organic_gibbo is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    51

    Default

    And thats the breathable membrane The rest of the plot is covered in non breathable black plastic which I will also remove to help it all dry out. Until it rains again
    lottie dolly likes this.

  2. #10
    bario1's Avatar
    bario1 is offline Work in progress...
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    3,585

    Default

    You'll be amazed how much it dries out come summer... however, your soil looks like pure clay, which may dry into a kind of impenetrable concrete. It really needs a lot of organic matter added to open it up, but that will take time. What are your neighbours doing to dry theirs out?
    He-Pep!

  3. #11
    organic_gibbo is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    51

    Default

    Plot to my right is empty and covered with plastic, guy to my left has a drainage ditch and raised rows but lost all his potatoes two years ago. I have three raised beds filled by the council so I may contact them and ask for more.

  4. #12
    Scarlet's Avatar
    Scarlet is online now Gone with the Wind
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Just over the bridge
    Posts
    18,939

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bario1 View Post
    You'll be amazed how much it dries out come summer... however, your soil looks like pure clay, which may dry into a kind of impenetrable concrete.
    I'm on clay and in the Summer I can't break through unless we've had some rain....
    Snoop Puss and organic_gibbo like this.

  5. #13
    Stan79's Avatar
    Stan79 is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Oxfordshire
    Posts
    773

    Default

    If the council are providing you with soil for your raised beds, will they provide you with a couple of tonnes of woodchip or something similar to put on top of the areas between the raised beds?

  6. #14
    Snoop Puss's Avatar
    Snoop Puss is offline Mature Fruiter
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Spain
    Posts
    5,135
    Blog Entries
    11

    Default

    The plot to the right in your first photo looks a lot drier, possibly because it's higher. Your plot seems much lower overall. Very odd.

    You might find that removing the black plastic might help the drainage overall.

    Drainage trenches round the edges and lowering the path level and piling everything you dig out into your raised beds looks like your only option. Not going to be nice walking around on a wet day, though.

    How high are you proposing to raise your beds? What are you using as the side walls of your raised beds? Wood might rot very quickly in those conditions.
    Note to self: Getting too old not to have a life.

  7. #15
    organic_gibbo is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    51

    Default

    Ive availed once so far and they filled three 4 x 12ft beds 6 inches deep with a sandy gritty type stuff thats apparently used to fill graves at the local cemetary. I will email them over the weekend and see whats available : )
    lottie dolly and Mr Bones like this.

  8. #16
    organic_gibbo is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    51

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    The plot to the right in your first photo looks a lot drier, possibly because it's higher. Your plot seems much lower overall. Very odd.

    You might find that removing the black plastic might help the drainage overall.

    Drainage trenches round the edges and lowering the path level and piling everything you dig out into your raised beds looks like your only option. Not going to be nice walking around on a wet day, though.

    How high are you proposing to raise your beds? What are you using as the side walls of your raised beds? Wood might rot very quickly in those conditions.
    The existing ones are made of 1 inch thick non-treated boards, as im all into organic growing but I think the next lot will be pressure treated!

    I do however have access to a good bit of well rotted horse manure and have carted a large pile to the plot so far and will hopefully do the same tomorrow!

    Thank you all for the help so far!
    lottie dolly and Scarlet like this.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts