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    It looks very tidy! Much more so than my plots lol

    Personally I wouldn't bother raising the beds - I have created beds simply by laying out cardboard, and added well rotted horse manure on top and planted straight into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    It looks very tidy! Much more so than my plots lol

    Personally I wouldn't bother raising the beds - I have created beds simply by laying out cardboard, and added well rotted horse manure on top and planted straight into that.
    Thanks for the response Sarriss

    Fair point re the beds considering the cost of the timber.

    I'm more interested in your comment re the horse manure. Apparently although still to be confirmed I have access to a limitless supply of horse manure. When you say well rotted how long did that take and was it a case of just leaving it lying around of piling it up?

    Also, any compost used or did you plant directly in the muck?
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    Morning Folks

    Well I finally got something done on the plot!!

    The beds are 3x1.5 metres, rain predicted tomorrow and tuesday so the cardboard should hopefully get wet through. The plan is to then fill half the beds with spent compost/soil then top off with MPC.

    The beds are for my broadbeans, strawberries, and onions which are all growing in modules in the yard. (I'm hoping to get these into the beds within the next two week.

    Most of the linkbord bits are about 10-15 years old, just had to buy a few extra pieces to make up the 3 beds.
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    Well after what seems like years I planted the first bits in the allotment, 21 strawberries

    Tomorrow will either be the onion/garlic or broad bean bed.

    Social distancing stats - Saw one neighbour when walking there, 10 metres away, allotment 2 - 3 people 5 plus metres, walking back no one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broadway View Post
    Thanks for the response Sarriss

    Fair point re the beds considering the cost of the timber.

    I'm more interested in your comment re the horse manure. Apparently although still to be confirmed I have access to a limitless supply of horse manure. When you say well rotted how long did that take and was it a case of just leaving it lying around of piling it up?

    Also, any compost used or did you plant directly in the muck?
    Fresh manure can be used, but with caution say around soft fruit or trees, definitely not seedlings. To rot down fresh manure takes about 6 months, the bigger the heap the better - if you can get enough you can grow mushrooms on it :-)
    One issue is that a lot of the nutrients in manure are water-soluble so that a heap outside in the rain will lose a lot of the goodness, particularly over winter - bests bet either rot down inside or cover it with something like a tarpaulin or plastic sheets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    Fresh manure can be used, but with caution say around soft fruit or trees, definitely not seedlings. To rot down fresh manure takes about 6 months, the bigger the heap the better - if you can get enough you can grow mushrooms on it :-)
    One issue is that a lot of the nutrients in manure are water-soluble so that a heap outside in the rain will lose a lot of the goodness, particularly over winter - bests bet either rot down inside or cover it with something like a tarpaulin or plastic sheets.
    Thanks Nick

    Since I posted I visited the stables that was no more Was about to reach out for others but then the virus kicked in, we are where we are at least I'll have 3 beds planted up by Friday
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