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    Cool Allotment with 15 raised beds/mounds

    Iíve got a Vietnamese neighbour down the lottie, he made lots of mounds and sowed straight into them and got amazing crops so I thought Iíd give it a go. I trialled one bed and yes the results were brilliant. I did a yard each of coriander, chervil, parsley, two different lettuces and some bunching onions Anyway, I got rather carried away and Iíve ended up with 15 mounds. There is still some space that I havenít mounded, should I save that for stuff like squash that needs loads of room to roam, (Iíve already got the seeds and donít want to grow bush squashes). What should I not grow, if anything, on mounds. By the way the mounds are 4 feet across, flat on top and about 8 inches high and without wooden sides. If itís a failure Iíve only wasted about 15 hours work, or rather Iíve had 15 hours of free exercise.

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    I reckon it's a cover, and he's just doing it to really wind archaeologists up...

    Apart from burying fake bones and grave goods in them, what are the mounds - is it just soil from the plot or are they topped up with other stuff?

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    Some of the plots here with Bulgarian/Polish tenants use the long mounded beds. Their equivalent to our raised beds with wooden sides I reckon and perhaps like our ridge and furrow ploughing from history?
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    A few plot holders on our site do the same. I haven't yet, but I might be tempted :-)
    Personally, I don't see any reason why squashes couldn't roam across the dips and humps….

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    I reckon it's a cover, and he's just doing it to really wind archaeologists up...

    Apart from burying fake bones and grave goods in them, what are the mounds - is it just soil from the plot or are they topped up with other stuff?
    Soil from digging the paths out and some compost/manure on top, the trial bed, created in July, was just soil from the path, and it made a huge difference. About four weeks previously Iíd sown some chervil and partly on the flat, the stuff in the mound was twice the size you the middle of September, Itís still going strong
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    Called lazy beds on the West of Scotland, popular with crofters, they pile up seaweed on them this time of year, if you have room, no need for wooden sides. My uncle had a small market garden in Norfolk and grew on these style of raised bed, my dad tried them too, sow in blocks rather than in rows, thing is it increases the drainage, great if you are on heavy soil, otherwise extra watering might be needed.
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    How much space between each bed or should I be asking how wide the path are?


    I have quite a sandy / stony soil that I may end up needing extra water (like this year), but might be worth an experiment to keep HMO happy with raised bed concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    How much space between each bed or should I be asking how wide the path are?


    I have quite a sandy / stony soil that I may end up needing extra water (like this year), but might be worth an experiment to keep HMO happy with raised bed concept.
    Paths are about 18 inches or 45 cm if youíre a young un
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