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    Default Filling raised beds on the cheap

    I've got 3 new raised beds that need filling up - I've got access to more woodchip than I know what to do with - so I'll be doing with it to fill the beds up - some cardboard too - hopefully a bit of grass cuttings from the final cut of the year - compost bins not ready yet - woodchip smell like 'pine' bog cleaner so is going to be a little acidic

    I'm covering with weed suppresant for the winter and have some garden lime to sprinkle about willy-nilly come spring - no doubt I'll have vast amounts of home made composst to go on too.

    There are loads of nettles and docks lying near abouts - think I'll just chuck em on but should I ?

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    I wouldn’t bother with the nettles and docks...
    However, a stroll with a wheelbarrow should find plenty of fallen leaves this time of year, seaweed if you’re near the coast (there might be rules about where you can collect from), then maybe try local farms -animals more likely in barns this time of year= manure and bedding mix readily available
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    Nettle & dock leaves might be good for the bed,theyíre deep rooted collecting more minerals from the soil that shallow rooted plants canít reach & the goodness goes into their leaves. Donít put any roots in though or flower heads.
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    Rary will tell you - he does everything on the cheap
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    I got free soil improver from the council tip in Arbroath.
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    Pine wood chips should be alright Balders, any acidity will balance out as it rots. Plenty of grass clippings will add nitrogen that the wood needs to rot down.
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    Mix some washed course sand through it and the compost material whither it's ready or not, along with any other vegetative material, and if you want, an old chicken buried in it:D if you have any old compost use that to top it off, this will allow you to plant into it

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    Is there anywhere you could get a couple of bags of washed up seaweed to mix with the wood chips.

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