Raised vegetable beds – what to look for and where to buy them from
filling them is easy enough,
start by lining them with some cheap cardboard, this will prevent deep weeds coming up (for a bit) and will break down within a year or so to let your veg roots prosper!
next add some garden waste, cut grass, leaves, whatever (i shredded some bushes)
next add kitchen compost, veg peelings, tea bags etc, keep it moist and dont add meat or you’ll have rats!
chuck in some horse manure (usually free from stables)
then add regular soil and you’re away! i don’t bother with regular compost, its expensive and my soil is good enoughPosted 6 years ago
My Dad buys old railway sleepers to build his. They’re nice and solid (and heavy) and usually very well treated against rotting.
I thought about those (my local wood yard sells them) but doesn’t all the treatment absorb into the soil and therefore the veggies (I don’t like the idea of pomme de terre a la creosote).Posted 6 years agoPJayMember
He doesn’t seem to have had a problem but uses them mainly for strawberries rather than root veg. You might be able to line them with something.
There seems to be loads on the internet about raised beds made out of railway sleepers so I guess that there’s an answer to your question out there somewhere.
Posted 6 years ago
Planning on building a raised vegetable bed over the winter so I can start planting next spring.
The thing is, I don’t know what to look for or where is best to get them… (Yes I *could* make my own but I honestly find it difficult to get the time so something pre-fabricated that I just need to screw together would be preferable).
I will be growing the usual sort of stuff to start off – potatoes, onions, spring onions, carrots etc. It can’t be too big as space is at a premium, but it does need to be quite deep (I assume) so I can grow potatoes.
Any help, advice and links most welcome.Posted 6 years agogusamcMember
buy some 6″ planks/scaff boards, some 2×2 and an axe and saw. (to cut and shape 2/2 into stakes)
then do some screwing together 4ft x 6ft bed = 6 stakes (corners and long middles)
I dug then down to about 9″ below ground, turned over lots, added topsoil and mature and sophisticated horse pooh, works very well.
However, personally I think it’s a crap idea and I would use the planks flat as edges and just dig down/out and fill with topsoil/horse pooh. (digging/working is easier in a flat area with no obstacles)
*edit spuds should be earthed up as sort of upside down Vs so you might not need as much soil as you think – ie you don’t need to earth up the gapsPosted 6 years agodoboMember
not sure if gravel boards would be big enough but i bought some for another purpose the other day 1.8mx150mmx25 for £1.92 at scats which i thought was fairly cheap compared to other places i tried. stakes in corners and double height them.Posted 6 years ago
3m was cheaper still. reclaim railway sleepers be better though but arnt as cheaptomasoSubscriber
Avoid any timber that is tamilised or creosote or tarred as they will put toxins into your veg/fruit – tanilised timners contain cyanide!
You can buy untreated sleepers cheap enough and they won’t kill you and get some beefy coachscrews to hold’em together and you are away
Check out Monty gardeners worldPosted 6 years agoandylMember
We used treated timber when we built our raised flower and vegetable beds but we did line the inside with some thick plastic rubble sacks tacked to the back with felt roof tacks (can’t remember the name of them) to stop the soil/water running through the gaps and to keep the timber treatment out of the soil.Posted 6 years agoFunkyDuncMember
I too am looking at doing some raised beds too. I want a more modern comtemporary look, some thing a bit like this…do you need to treat the wood or will it last long enough without being treated? Also how can you treat it without it being a danger to the veggies inside?
Edit – Stoner ah yes I thought I had seen your picture before, how much were they, and does the supplier do deliveries to Bradford ?!!?Posted 6 years ago
My local agri suppliers were doing oak sleepers for only a few quid more than tanalised softwood.
Screwed together and with some batten across the joints on the inside. And the sides are lined with DPM to prevent moisture being drawn out of the bed too much and into the wood.
Posted 6 years ago
oh and just made this coldframe last week to be able to do winter lettuce and other CCA varieties.
The cold frame is designed to go on any of the beds in any orientation depending on the rotation we’re doing.Posted 6 years ago
the two beds in the foreground are fallow for winter and I’ll cover them with a tarp soon. Just waiting for the roundup to knock all the weeds off.
I shall be getting one of these come spring time
It’ll go on the patio as i don’t have room in the garden for a home made sleeper raised bed.
They do a bigger one but i can’t find it on their site at the moment.
Not cheap but far better for me than losing lots of blood and several fingers if i tried to make one myself…..Posted 6 years agoransosSubscriber
I cut the ends of some battens into points, painted them with fence paint, hammered them into the ground, and fixed old floor boards to them. Then filled behind the board with topsoil and compost. Worked a treat.
No point raising the bed very high if you have soil/ grass underneath – it’s just a waste of money and effort.Posted 6 years ago
wors, yes they are. Solar thermal.Posted 6 years ago
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