Sunday, 22 December 2013

Raising the bed

Hello Garden Friends,

We did it! Ten 8 ft x 4 ft x 18 in raised beds have been constructed in the St Cuthbert's community garden.

First we constructed the frames from used 2.5 inch thick scaffolding timbers.

Then we lined them with weed-deterrent fabric.

Then we filled them half way with natural compostable materials including cardboard and leaves collected along Fordwych Road and branches and trimmings from clearing the site along with compost from the Eco Hub and let it all settle in the wonderful rain we have been getting.

Then we topped it all off with good quality topsoil we got in bulk bags.

And then began planting them with blueberries, raspberries and asparagus.

Now there's a lovely row of raised beds along our south-facing wall, with several waiting to be planted with seasonal fruit and veg this winter and spring.

This way of doing the raised beds may seem a bit different to some gardeners and borrows from principles of permaculture gardening. We'll let you know how it turns out come Spring!

Till then, keep calm and carry on gardening!

Garden Friends NW2

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