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    My garden (3rd year of ripping out nettles and brambles and bind weed) has been hard landscaped with a maze of concrete paths and rockery patches.
    I want to grow vegetables in these beautiful shapes. They are small patches.

    My worry is that the soil is shocking! (clay, rocks, ALL the pests and myriads of weed roots).
    Is it possible to raise the edges (with more rockery stones) and line them with a weed matting and buy in some soil to make raised beds with decent soil/no weeds and less pests for a while)?

    Would it work? or will it not drain and Im making ponds? any ideas for me?

    Ill attach a sketch and a photo (its covered in carpet to help the weeds but might help show what I mean).

    Thankyou for reading
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    I can't relate your photo to your description or the plan
    However, veg beds don't have to be square, they can be any shape you choose. The quality of the soil dictates what will grow well there. Root veg won't thrive in stony soil!
    Think about what you want to grow and tailor beds to meet their needs.
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    I'm on clay, just keep adding mulches and dig out the rocks as you come across them.
    If nettles were growing the soil should be fine?
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    yes - Many MANY nettles. Brambles and MUCH bindweed. It hadnt been cultivated for near on 30 years... hence nature taking the whole thing back
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    ah! sorry - its an odd situation and my sketching isnt great. Thanks for trying to think of my predicament though - :-) Great to hear that veg beds dont HAVE to be square, thats a start at least.

    Do you have any views on the millions of pests (slugs, snails and every pant eating pest you can think of)... .Will they be so very thoroughly embedded in the soil that my vegetables wont stand a chance? Its not been touched for 30 years so it is a complete haven for baddies (aswell as goodies).

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    If it's not been touched for 30 years or grown any veg it should be lovely to grow in with no previous veg related diseases.
    I can't grow garlic, onion or leeks due to white onion rot.
    The pests will be the same as in every garden? Just collect slugs and snails as you go.
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    Looks great for it MM. I would be happy with the quirky shapes. Things don’t have to be in symmetrical rows.

    Hope the pets in the pic are toilet trained and also won’t walk on your seedlings when planted. Might need covers.

    Kind Regards.............Rob
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    Our allotments are clay. When we took them on they had not been cultivated for over 20 years and had been used as a dumping ground for years. The council gave us a years free rent because they were so bad. Fast forward over 10 years...the soil is fertile. We grow allsorts. We still get all the pests, but far less. It was really hard work originally. We had couch grass growing on top of couch grass and acres of bind weed and docks, nettles and brambles. Over the years we have added tons of well rotted manure (some cow and some horse) and I practise crop rotation as best I can. If we can do it anybody can if they really want to.

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