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Great care needs to taken when selecting the type of soil we use in our newly constructed raised bed. This is the most important element in the equation, because after all this is where we will notice a considerable difference in the quality of the produce we have planted. I would suggest that the frame be approx 8-12 ins. deep. The reason being; firstly we need to infill the beds almost to the top, so that we will then have a good depth of soil which will retain moisture, secondly the soil tends to compact year on year and we need then to top-up with composted manure to adequately maintain a good level of nutritious soil.

Types of soil to use: Like I mentioned above we need to pay close attention to this detail, as this is going to be the foundation bed going forward. We will have already dug the base of the bed to a depth of say 6”, this will help with the integration and aeration of the two soil types. Your local garden centre will be able to supply some of the material which we will need. A good course of farmyard manure is ideal and inexpensive which I would lay on top of existing soil. I would then cover with a good layer of topsoil into which I would fork some organic fertiliser. This will improve greatly the growing conditions in your raised bed.

When to dress beds: The most appropriate time to dress beds is when the growing has finished. Late autumn is ideal. If we have a compost heap which I presume most gardeners will have, I would fork the contents of same into our raised bed and leave over winter, nature will then take its course and come next spring we will be well prepared to sew and plant once more. Rotted leaves are another good source of soil enrichment, but not grass cuttings as this tends to have an overly high concentrate of nitrogen.

Raised bed upkeep: Little or no maintenance is required with the upkeep of these raised beds, if we pay great attention to the small details at the start. The frame will last for years and all that is required is that we continually enrich the soil year after year. We need to remember that we are now growing in a confined space which you’ll see will return a greater yield and better quality produce. As we gradually move away from the traditional, conventional methods that we previously used – you could say we are becoming professional in the techniques that we now use.


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Very good article. I have been using raised beds for years. As far as I am concerned there is no other way.

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