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    kris1960 is offline Rooter
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    Default Experimental ridge

    Hope pictures are attached- have just spent a frustrating hour and not sure its worked.

    I have made a variety of different beds- this one started as a lazy bed but got carried away with a new idea and covered with two spits around and then 8 barrows of well rotted manure and then wet newspaper and cardboard and then thick layer of straw.

    Am putting different things in it this year to see what happens.This area is a bit boggy near the hedgerow. It is currently east/west but not sure that it shouldn't be north/south but I didn't think it out at the time because I intended to do something else.
    Made on February 23rd this year.
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    After all that photos are wrong way round and don't know how to fix. Another lunatic idea in foreground- I clingfilmed a traditional style raised bed of choys and broad beans in January, when it started to get cold in the same way as you wrap a pallet, Choys got to a good size and subsequently eaten! Have replaced lost broad beans( not through yet) and planted some summer savoury under a microwave lid in the corner( germinated but will leave lid in place for extra protection). Sorry about pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Yes Hazel, grass clippings. If the plant spacing allows ( calabrese, sprouting etc) I will put newspapers down first, then the clipping ontop. I'm not very good at weeding and I'm on a water metre. Kills two birds with one stone.
    Thats great to know about using grass clippings, I have 4 neighbours with big gardens and the council has started charging for green waste now so guess I will be every ones best mate.

    Do you put them on fresh, I would be worried they will turn to sludge

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    Quote Originally Posted by janzbro View Post
    Do you put them on fresh, I would be worried they will turn to sludge
    Don't put them on too thick and make sure it doesn't touch your plants. Works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janzbro View Post
    Thats great to know about using grass clippings, I have 4 neighbours with big gardens
    make sure that the lawns have not be treated with selective herbicide / lawn weedkiller. Some of those are persistent - they will survive composting and still kill plants
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    I have 5 raised beds the largest one sits on a concrete base and was originally made with old scaffold boards which were lined with a thick poly sheet, I have just replaced all the wood work on the largest, and as the lining is still in place this held the soil while I removed the old wood, and as can be seen I will have to replace the wood on some of the others soon. When I was filling the beds I used any compostable material I had along with bags of river sand, seaweed washed concrete sand in the lower levels and topped up with spare soil I had in the garden.
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    Default Strawberry bed

    Like the title says

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    Filled with mole hill soil, followed by horse muck, followed by another layer of mole mole hill soil. All soaked and put under plastic to warm it up and encourage weeds to germinate.

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    A layer of copper tape all the way round. I used some left over pond lining round it to kill weeds off and hopefully discourage slugs. Covered in cardboard, which was thoroughly soaked, to prevent further weeds, I planted through it today: Malwina, Cambridge Favourite and my own produces Honeoyo.

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    We built these raised beds earlier in the year from reclaimed scaffold boards and fence posts. Our soil is clay so we bought 2 tonnes of vegetable growing soil from a local supplier. There are two 3ft by 8ft beds and one 5ft by 8ft. They are 8in high. We hammered small flat top nails every foot on the inside edges to attach string to when planting as we are square foot gardening.

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