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Hi everyone. 

I recently built a couple of raised beds. The site they are on is heavily sloped so at one end they are 1ft deep and the other 3ft. The base is heavy clay soil with lots of rocks etc.

I've filled the beds with topsoil and mixed in some well rotted horse manure to about 8 inches from the top.

Finally, I've just today filled them to the top today with some veggie gold compost.

My question is with planting still a number of weeks away do I need to cover the raised beds at all in case rain washes away nutrients or will they be fine for the next month just left open? 

Thanks in advance. 


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,340
    They’ll be fine left open unless there’s cats around, they love a new bed. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • If you wish you could cover to stop weed seeds landing/ germinating, but make sure it is permeable to water so the bed does not end up too dry.
    AB Still learning

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    Well if you have manured you won't be growing any carrots lol.. Good plan to cover with opened out cardboard boxes and weigh them down. Warms up the soil for when you do begin planting and hopefully keeps cats and foxes from digging..  You can put some onion sets in on one of the beds if you have a mind to.. Good luck,,
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