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    kiwiman is offline Seedling
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    Yes, I know what you mean Snadger. I am hoping to put some trailing flowers on the sides later on to break the coffin effect up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiman View Post
    A couple of pics of some beds recently added to my circular herb patch.

    It has cost a few pounds because I had to buy the wood. Molevalley at Bridgwater seemed best value. I treated all the wood with creosote substitute, then lined the inside and bottom with heavy weed control material, (the black stuff with thin green square pattern). I am hoping the lining will stop the wood rotting from being in direct contact with the soil. They are not huge beds, but big enough for salads etc, as my allotment is quite a walk away.
    Biggest bonus is no more lawn, or should I say cultivated moss, to faff over.:
    Only problem would be the fabric is designed to let wate through
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    kiwiman is offline Seedling
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    Yes I know it isn't waterproof, but I wanted to stop the soil itself from contacting the wood. It causes a lot of white mould on wood that is buried for some reason. The permeable material also allows it to drain, I didn' want it to become waterlogged in the winter. Thanks for the comment though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel at the Hill View Post
    Mine were made of 8' tannalised (?sp) planks, 6" wide. I used 2" by 1" wooden spars cut to 2' long (with a point on one end) to make stakes to drive into the ground and drilled the planks to them.

    Some of the stakes need replacing (4yrs on) as they are rotting in the ground, but overall, the system has worked quite well for me.

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    NB paths are lined with weed suppressant, and covered with bark chippings.
    I'm so jealous Well done. Your beds look lovely and neat. I've still got all that to do
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiman View Post
    Yes I know it isn't waterproof, but I wanted to stop the soil itself from contacting the wood. It causes a lot of white mould on wood that is buried for some reason. The permeable material also allows it to drain, I didn' want it to become waterlogged in the winter. Thanks for the comment though.
    My mate has been going to a local garage and asking for the dirty oil they drain from engines but obviously can't put back into the vehicle. They have pots and pots of it which they are only too glad to give you for nuthin. It makes a really great wood sealant for zero pennies. You need somewhere that does mot tests.
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    Here is my new raised bed. Dug the turf off, levelled it off a bit, picked up a wheelbarrow full of stones ( just the bigger ones ). Filled it up from my well rotted compost heap. Got a couple more barrow loads to go in, then a nice thick layer of manure.
    Probably be my last raised bed. Unless I can persuade my landlord, to let me rip out all the soft fruit. But 7 raised beds & 2 tunnels will do for a start

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutlawJosie View Post
    My mate has been going to a local garage and asking for the dirty oil they drain from engines but obviously can't put back into the vehicle. They have pots and pots of it which they are only too glad to give you for nuthin. It makes a really great wood sealant for zero pennies. You need somewhere that does mot tests.
    But what do you put over the "oil" to stop it contaminating the soil?
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    Here's mine. New house, so had to start again with the garden this year. The first of 7 to be built.

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