Newbie raised bed!
I live in N. London and I am about to start a 8x4 ft / 12” deep vegetable raised bed in my back garden and just want to make sure my plan is ok and confirm a few areas I’m not to clear on. Any help would be rally useful!
So firstly sowing indoors soil I have ordered a mix of seed compost with vermiculite and Shamrock Moss Peat (as well as some extra louse vermiculite to add as well). Will this be OK for just indoor sowing? Anything else I should add that is not to expensive?
After the seeds have sprouted I need to keep them warm still but ass light so the best (cheapest) option is to put them under some I.e. normal fluorescent 50w fixtures? Can they be any type of fluorescents and blubs? What will be enough watts for the standard vegetables? What is a good average temperature for vegetables & strawberries?
Once true leave appear transfer to larger separate pots and keep them under light.
After awhile start to introduce them to outside for hardening.
Now, the thing that I am finding hard to be clear on is the actual soil in the raised bed. For a soil mix is this ok:
All in liters for a rough total of 900liters excluding some parts like newspaper.
- 200lt Vermiculite
- 300lt “Sandy loam top soil”
- 300lt Mushroom Compost (The topsoil and compost comes alrady mixed in a 50:50 ratio.
- 100lt Moss Peat
- Fertilizer – How much (in KGs) do I need and what are good types? Again not to costly.
Anything else I should add to this?
The plan is to find a grass section and cut a small trim so the wooden bed fits nicely into it. Then dug up some thin layers of grass lawn close by and put that in the bed grass side down. Put a thin layer of newspaper over than then fill with some mulch or just put the soil mix strait on it. Then cover that with a bit of mulch. – I will be planting in this probably within the month. Will that be too soon?
According to weather there is a short end of march frost coming to I was going to cover it with poly until I planted the first outdoor sowing such as carrots.