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    Hi,

    New to the forum. I've read a few threads now but was looking for some basic pointers so I don't make major mistakes. Small ones are fine for my learning. I wanted a 'how to' section but can't see one...might be me!

    I like others have always wanted to do more in the garden but needed a potentially world ending event to gently push me to start!

    I have a big garden based in central England, I'm using a raised (4") boarder 18" wide and a run of 60' to plant a few simple veggies. Carrots, peas, beetroot, onion, potato and broccoli. I already have an apple and pear tree plus three gooseberries bushes, bush of raspberries and some early and late strawberries already established in the garden. I have clay type soil and dug over, briefly, the top 6". I've added 1-2" of multi type compost.

    I've done the first lot of carrots and peas last week (I was going to plant some more in a week or so), potatoes (in three small tubs type things from fleabay), and strawberries the start of this week. I've added the onion today and doing the rest tomorrow if I feel adventurous.

    The plan was to do it with my 4 yr old girl, but I made the mistake of putting the trampoline up first! I have a poly tunnel and some nets, if needed. Anyone with some simple pointers, direction to some straightforward posts or indestructibles?

    Thanks, Nic
     
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      I've added a photo of my exciting dirt, as an example of what I'm doing
       

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        Thanks cuddly admin, Thomas the tank fan by any chance or an occupational link?
         
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        Occupational link that goes back many years - at the time I chose the username (different forum), I was an inspector/service controller (buses) and the username has stuck ever since. I have moved jobs a few times in the intervening 20 or so years, but am still in the bus industry and still a qualified plate holder.
         
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          My nan was the first female bus driver for West Midland (like think) Red back in the day. My grandad was an inspector, my mom did about two years and my brother is a current driver. You'd think it was the family business
           
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            Welcome to the forum @beefpotnoodle ! I use raised beds but the minimum depth of mine are 8" and then up to 11". I went for this depth as I thought that would work best for most vegetables and flowers.

            Perennial shrubs and flowers work their way down further than the original surface because they inch at it year by year but annuals need some depth because they have to do their production this year and after last frost to first frost. You wouldn't try to grow a 6" long carrot in a 4" deep pot so use that as a bit of a guideline for future plantings. You can "mound" up - create hills within that bed to help create depth. :)

            I put my onions in a bed that is 11" deep however I've never seen them get deep roots.

            I am a perennial newbie gardener and obviously my growing conditions are different than yours (we're expecting snow tomorrow) so I can't often offer advice about what is good for your area but I do try to be helpful. :)
             
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              It does run in the blood - it is one of those industries that you will either take to it and love it for all its problems, or you won't last five minutes. We would quite often see "newbies" coming in and know in the first day or two whether they were going to last. One thing I can say for sure, for all the criticism they often come in for, bus folks are among the most loyal, helpful and friendly you would ever choose to meet and will definitely run to your aid when needed (as I have found myself over the years)
               
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                I say 4" raised beds, it's more of a raised border. There is no base to the soil, I've just build the soil up 4" from the surroundings
                 
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                  Welcome to Gardeners Corner, beefpotnoodle:love30::thumbsup:
                   
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                    Welcome to Gardeners Corner Nic. :) Sorry I can't help as I'm not really a veg grower, just runner beans and tomatoes.
                     
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                      Welcome to GC :dbgrtmb:

                      Most of those you list should be OK as you still have the soil underneath. If you're on heavy clay then next season it would be better if you dug a lot deeper to give the roots a better chance and the carrots a bit more depth. As for potatoes (although I haven't grown them for the last forty years or so) they normally need earthing up as they grow so your narrow bed may not be the right place for them. They can be grown in the bags that the compost came in (you will need to make drainage holes) with the bags standing upright and not flat. :)

                      @misterQ grows in raised beds and grows a much wider variety than I do. :blue thumb:
                       
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                          Thanks @shiney I have the potatoes in three material sacks, I was going to top up when needed. I put four seeders in each. It doesn't matter if they don't turn out. It's more a learning curve.

                          I'd say the clay isn't too bad in the beds, I've had to use lime to condition the soil in other parts of the garden as part of it was a river ta one time!

                          Next year I'm hoping to be better prepared and have chicken or horse manure seasoned. Or maybe raising my boarders, depends how long we are staying at this house
                           
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