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Newbie to veggie growing.............

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Smufter, Sep 12, 2021.

  1. Smufter

    Smufter Gardener

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    Looking for a little advice if I may?
    Just put together my first raised bed, with the hope of becoming a little more "self sufficient" from next year.
    Not planning anything extravagant, just maybe onions, tomatoes and runner/broad beans to give me a gentle introduction and to see how I get on initially.
    I have some soil and manure being delivered next week, and plan to fill the bed and give it a decent time to settle before next Spring.
    I'll start sowing some seeds next March/April indoors as I don't have a greenhouse.
    Should I line the base with some decent cardboard and maybe some grass cuttings before the "mix" goes in???
    I read conflicting reports regarding cardboard, but general consensus I think is it's a good thing, especially this far in advance of veg actually going in.
    And advice would be welcome.
    Size of the bed is 12" deep and it's about 7'6" x 3'6".
    Thanks
    Rob
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      If you've got manure coming I'd probably just use plenty of that mixed with a good top soil.
      I'd put 'brown' cardboard in layers between the grass cuttings into a seperate compost bin to rot down for later use.
      In the spring I'd then rake in a few handfuls of fish, blood, and bone prior to planting out.
      Onions, beans and tomatoes are a good choice.. Quite reliable
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      • Smufter

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        Thanks very much for the informative reply JR.
        Much appreciated
         
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          I would recommend lining the inside with plastic before adding soil/compost. It will extend the life of the timber and stop the bed drying out.
           
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