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Raised beds

by Diane - March 13th, 2012.
Filed under: allotment.

What to fill raised beds with?

I’ve got people inquiring about what compost to use. My answer is don’t! Use well rotted manure with some top soil on the top.
Bags of compost will dry out too much in a raised bed and require much too much watering. With the threat of hosepipe bans coming in for South East England it’s going to be a worry for gardeners this year.

So do everything you can to eliminate the need for watering.

Use well rotted manure or garden compost. This will hold water better than potting compost. Mulch well after a good watering. Water only in evenings or early mornings. It’s a real waste to use water during the day as it’ll evaporate and scorch plants.

Get a rain barrel or as many as you have room for.