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Thread: Raised netted berry bed?

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    ladybirdbug is offline Germinator
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    Default Raised netted berry bed?

    Hi folks,

    Last year I bought lots of various berries and currants - Raspberries x1, a red currant bush, a white currant bush, a black currant bush, blueberries x3. I am new to gardening and put them all in large pots, they seem to be doing well. I don't want to put them directly into the ground as my garden is very clay-like.

    However, this Spring I would like to make some sort of large netted raised berry bed. Has anyone done this? As I am new to gardening, I have some questions. How do people with very stodgy, clay like soil make the soil well draining? Would I need to make a pebble layer?

    Thank you for any help that you are able to provide!

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    fishpond is offline Cropper
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    Dig out the top spit, dig in plenty of coarse grit and some well rotted manure/home made compost below where the top spit was.
    Replace the top spit and lay minimum of 2-4" of manure on top and gently firm.
    Whilst you are doing this, remove any weeds/big stones you come across.
    In future years just put compost/well rotted manure on top but not touching the stems of any soft fruit, else you may get fungal/rotting problems.
    Clay soil is normally very fertile, so it just needs opening up which the grit and manure and worms etc will do.
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    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

    Man v Squirrels, pigeons & Ants
    Bob

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    ladybirdbug is offline Germinator
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishpond View Post
    Dig out the top spit, dig in plenty of coarse grit and some well rotted manure/home made compost below where the top spit was.
    Replace the top spit and lay minimum of 2-4" of manure on top and gently firm.
    Whilst you are doing this, remove any weeds/big stones you come across.
    In future years just put compost/well rotted manure on top but not touching the stems of any soft fruit, else you may get fungal/rotting problems.
    Clay soil is normally very fertile, so it just needs opening up which the grit and manure and worms etc will do.
    Thanks fishpond! Vey helpful indeed
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