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Raised beds are a great way of growing a wide range of plants, and are particularly popular for growing fruit and vegetables. They are a good way of boosting drainage and can be used to introduce a different soil type to your garden. Raised beds are also a useful way to garden if you have restricted mobility, as they reduce the need to bend.
Rasised beds are good for:
You can grow almost any plants in raised beds, try the following:
Raised beds can be used to:
Although raised beds can be built at any time, most gardeners find it convenient to build them in winter, as long as the soil is not too wet or frozen. Where winter waterlogging is a problem, build raised beds in late summer. When building raised beds, the following points need to be considered:
Plants in raised beds can suffer more quickly and more severely from drought due to improved drainage, so keep an eye on watering needs.
Modern wood treatments do not contain potentially harmful heavy metals, so are safe to use. If in doubt, line the inside of the bed with polythene.
New railway sleepers may contain creosote that should not be used where skin contact is a possibility. Creosote is thought to have dissipated from older sleepers, and these may be used without concern about skin contact.
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Label on 27/06/2015
Great Information here, Raised Beds are becoming really popular, we get enquires often.
Our Favourite are ones with Heavy Duty Bases with Wheels so that you can move around the garden, so often these beds are installed in low sunlight areas.
Label on 12/01/2015
We just got some raised beds installed using a company called <a href="http://www.woodblocx.co.uk">Woodblocx</a>. So far, so good and I definitely agree with them being great to plant soft fruits in!
Label on 08/12/2014
Wow, this has expertly written and it has also helped me how to make my own raised garden beds.
Jfare (Tomato Expert) on 24/09/2014
I normally would hoe the beds, going round any plants/vegtables that are growing... or if i have only a few i would do it by hand... that's what i normally do with my tomato plant trays.
anonymous on 05/09/2014
How do I eliminate persistent weeds from raised vegetable bed without replacing the compost
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