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    Here's an earlier thread about railway sleepers that may help - or confuse you more!! http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...ers_29294.html
    I'm sure there are other threads about them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    Ok, option 2..............dig a 1/4" wide channel (the width of your spade) 9" deep all round the inside of the bed and push the polythene into the channel and up the inside walls............we'll get there............
    This sounds much more achievable than re emptying the whole bed!!! Thank you for the link, it's helped me visual what you mean. This may be a silly question, but if I only line to say 9", and my beds are more like 25", couldn't the toxins seep into the soil below the polythene and work there way into the top 9" of soil?

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    I don't know is the honest answer, the walls should have been lined before filling the beds which I am assuming you have already done (filled them). May I ask why they are so deep as unless you are growing specimen Parsnips, most veg will grow in 6"-9" of soil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    I don't know is the honest answer, the walls should have been lined before filling the beds which I am assuming you have already done (filled them). May I ask why they are so deep as unless you are growing specimen Parsnips, most veg will grow in 6"-9" of soil.
    Two reasons really. They were constructed by a non-gardener who liked the look of them with two layers of sleepers...I do too now they are done. The other reason is a lack of research...I didn't realise it would make too much of a difference.

    However today I have done as you recommended...dug a channel around each side and fed the polythene in. I've managed to dig right down and tuck the polythene under the bottom of the bottom sleeper...hurrah!!!

    Now just to decide how to get rid of a huge sack of topsoil!!!

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    Hope you & your missus feel a lot easier in your own minds cos that's what counts at the end of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenfingers2014 View Post
    Now just to decide how to get rid of a huge sack of topsoil!!!
    Build a raised bed around it Seriously, hang on to it, you'll probably need to top up your beds once the soil settles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
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    Me and my missus?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Build a raised bed around it Seriously, hang on to it, you'll probably need to top up your beds once the soil settles.
    Even this quantity!!!!!

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