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    Default Planning to grow veg for almost the first time...

    I am very new to gardening...this year I grew some lettuce on a raised bed. I have now got the bug and I want to convert part of my garden into a veg plot . The plot presently is about 20x25 feet and covered in black plastic with a covering of pebbles and gravel and has been for the last 10 years . I intend to create a few raised beds but the question is do I pull up the plastic and dig over the soil or just put the new topsoil on top of the gravel.the sides of the beds will be 9" high ..any help/advice much appreciated. I intend to get a 'hot'composter which I have read about and a 6x6greenhouse in the spring ...any thoughts on both ..many thanks
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    Hello Philcal and welcome to the Forum Once bitten by the gardening bug, there is no cure!
    Do you know what the ground is like under the plastic? If its OK I'd dig it over and incorporate it in your raised bed. If you want to grow potatoes and roots like carrots and parsnips, you need more depth than 9".
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    Unhappy Ground under the plastic

    Hi thanks for the response...the ground under the plastic sheet is mostly clay ...used to be a bit boggy .

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    Hi and welcome to the madhouse. If it is boggy clay the alternative would be to leave the plastic down and grow things like spuds and carrots in containers, give you more growing area too.
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    I'd still get rid of the plastic.
    Then add what you like (compost, top soil or manure) ...then if you like, put the plastic back to prevent weed growth untill spring.

    Oh! and your greenhouse might well be an awful lot cheaper now or next month in the end of season sales than in the 'peak' spring season!

    Nice to 'meet' you by the way, welcome to the vine.

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