My raised beds arrive tomorrow

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  1. Judith

    Judith Member

    Aug 27, 2019
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    Temperate (all seasons)
    After watching Mark on YouTube for a few weeks now I’ve decided to take the plunge and order some raised beds. I’m getting on now, my mother who is 85 lives with me and my husband who is 68 and suffering from dementia along with our teenage daughter who, at this stage, has no interest in gardening. We have 4 vegetable patches but they are unproductive. The vegetables grow but don’t do very well. I think the vege patches are not deep enough. I’ve taken some before photos and looking forward to my beds being delivered tomorrow from Birdies. I’ve got 4 coming 2.5 metres x 900 cm x 74 cms high. I’m a bit worried about filling them so I’m going to start off with one and wait until we have that filled before we build the next one. I’m in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Any advice is welcome.
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  2. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Sep 27, 2015
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    Hi Judith, welcome.

    Yes getting new raised beds must be exciting!
    As will be putting them together.

    However, I doubt your current gardens failed due to being in the ground or too shallow.
    More likely to be the soil pH or fertility was incorrect for what you were growing.
    Some photos will help.
    Of course what you fill your new beds with will have the biggest effect on whether the new system works or not.
    What are you planning to fill your beds with?
    How deep are they? Vegetables only need 30cm at most. 20cm is usually quite sufficient.
    We make them higher because we can't bend down to the ground so we want to bring the plants up to our height.
    However that doesn't mean the whole depth of the structure should be filled with growing medium! Quite the opposite actually.
    The growing medium should still only be 30cm deep with a non pervious floor to prevent the loss of fertility out through the bottom. Vegie roots can only reach down 15-30cm at best. Carrots and tomatoes go to 30cm, lettuces only go down 10-20cm.
    Ever looked at raised beds and noted the lush growth around the bottom edges of the boards? Thats where all the moisture and fertility ends up after the first season. The vegies miss out or its a never ending chore to keep things growing well.
    So first thing is to work out why your current garden failed so as not to repeat the same mistakes.
  3. Dean Gallagher

    Dean Gallagher Member

    Jun 22, 2019
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    Mark has a great video on Hugelkultur - Definition: Hügelkultur is a horticultural technique where a mound constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials is later planted as a raised bed.

    I suggest giving that a watch and researching this method if It applies to you as I've seen some fantastic results.

    As ClissAT has said, you dont need to fill the whole thing with soil or growing medium, that can be quite costly and there are better ways!

    Keep us updated with photos :)

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