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    I've got 4 of these , splashed out last year on raised beds
    Only one has got covers and I still need to put the post caps on that one
    They took tons of soil , compost , manure , cardboard boxes , bits of wood etc and I had to lug it all myself as hubby was off after surgery. A year on , they still need topping up.
    I use one for veggies , one for raspberries and the other two for flowers & small shrubs
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    We splashed out too with sleepers, we did line the sides. We needed something that would look tidy as they are in our back garden almost centre stage.,

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    Hi Jennie and welcome to the Grapevine.
    You're not the first to put a photo up the wrong way I've flipped yours round!

    Your garden looks lovely. Hope to hear more about it soon.
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    I started with what I believe to be called "lazy-raised beds" where the paths are lowered and the soil dug out of the paths is put on the beds. Mine are 4' wide, which is about the max where the middle can be reached from either side





    Trouble with them is that the "shoulders" collapse over time, and need re-excavating / tidying up (I did it probably every other year). Also, I found it quite hard to plant on the shoulders, so some of the width of the bed was wasted



    Tidying up the "shoulders" ... so I then decided to line them:



    Timber edges, internally lined with damp-proof-membrane to keep the wood from the soil and, hopefully, reduce the speed with which it rots.
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    I have since moved over to using woven weed suppressing membrane on all the beds. Reduces weeding down to practically zero, and dramatically reduces the amount of irrigation the crops need. I would say (bit subjective) that the cropping / yield is quite a bit more too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristen View Post
    I started with what I believe to be called "lazy-raised beds" where the paths are lowered and the soil dug out of the paths is put on the beds. Mine are 4' wide, which is about the max where the middle can be reached from either side.
    I love the tomb stone look - the sort of thing that would happen in our place (usually done when I'm not looking as a surprise).

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristen View Post
    Trouble with them is that the "shoulders" collapse over time, and need re-excavating / tidying up (I did it probably every other year). Also, I found it quite hard to plant on the shoulders, so some of the width of the bed was wasted
    I am not saying lazy beds/no boards is better than boards here. I've just made a raised beds for strawberries as part of a more total slug control effort. However, I quite like the shoulders - I'm short so the 1.5m beds are probably a bit wide for me but I can kneel on the them if I need a real stretch (No board to hurt my knees). Also, I plant things like borage, cerinthe, marigolds, phacelia on the shoulders as insect plants/green manures. Of course, you can deliberately create micro-climates on the shoulders as per Bob Flowerdew in the Organic Gardening Book. Because my paths are grass, I can use my brush cutter blade right up to and over the edge - saves me chopping and changing between garden and farm. (I'm putting scrap pond lining round the strawberry bed.)

    As the quote from the clay gardening thread (yes I know!) shows my beds are cut in which is key to them working for me: slug control, drainage and no soul on paths.

    Quote Originally Posted by marchogaeth View Post
    Here you are, one lazy raised bed. Three or four years ago this was the roughest of rough permanent pasture. It has had anything that will rot chucked on it under cardboard over every winter. My soil is pH 5.1 and only a few inches deep before hitting serious clay and rock.

    This winter has been quite dry so I did pull the cardboard off and tidy it for the pic! Although, it's probably a bit early. I've put it under some clear plastic now to encourage it to warm up (North facing slope) and keep it a bit dryer before planting.

    As you can see,I hope, I cut in the sides, this is to encourage ground beetles to fall in and stay and eat slugs, these edges will be cut in much more sharply after planting - the only spade work involved, any lumps are broken up with a fork. Cutting in also means that, as the soil slumps, it doesn't fall onto the paths. The bed will be forked over again and raked smoother/leveller before planting. (It is a long bed - it's filling a funny corner and two would have been too short. And please don't look at the weeds in the leeks!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchogaeth View Post
    can someone PM me and remind me if there is a way to quote from other threads that doesn't involve copy and paste, ta?
    I *think* !! you click on the MultiQuote icon at the bottom right of the post(s). Do NOT press "Reply to thread" on THAT thread.

    Repeat for all relevant posts on all relevant threads

    Navigate to the thread where you want to answer

    Click on more MultiQuote icons and press "Reply to thread" (if there is anything in that thread you want to reply to) OR click on REPLY or REPLY WITH QUOTE on a specific post within the thread.

    In the Reply box click on "Go advanced". At the bottom of the message box should be:

    "You have selected 999 posts that are not part of this thread. Quote these posts as well" - click on the link.

    I *think* the list is persistent, so you will have to explicitly also click on the "deselect these posts" link
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