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Raised beds – rising higher!

By 3rd May 2021No Comments

Do you have only limited growing space but want to try growing your own?  How about giving vertical gardening a go?

You may remember Matthew’s blog last month were he gave instructions for making a raised bed from pallets for little or no cost.

Matthew has now made a second raised bed using a similar approach– this time with extra height on one side, to support climbing veg such as French beans and peas.  The tall side also has 3 rows of shelving for pots of herbs or flowers – or maybe even trailing strawberries.  Once again, he used only 2 pallets, some nails and very basic hand tools.

Both beds have now been given a base lining, reusing builders’ merchants bags, then filled with soil and compost.  They have just been planted out with French beans, peas, lettuces, chard and broad beans, as well as pansies and herbs. See them at Tayport Community Garden near the entrance. When we get time, we will probably paint them blue, to match Matthew’s cold frames.

There is lots of good information on the net about vertical growing – a great way of maximizing a space outdoor space. You can start with looking at Vertical Veg website. And if you are wondering where to find cheap pallets or other recycled wood – try Dundee and Angus Wood Recycling. They may even build you an affodable planter if you don’t have a head for DIY yourself.

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