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Kai_63Kai_63 Posts: 81
I have got a 2m by 1m raised bed in the garden which sits on concrete and partly on soil near another bed. I asked a garden maintenance man to help me fill it as I am not strong enough. He suggested tarpaulin for the bottom and as a novice I went along with this. I asked him to make holes in the bottom so it can drain where it meets the soil.



I also asked him to add pebbles to the bottom, again for drainage but he ignored me! The rest of it is filled with top soil and manure.



I wanted to find out here what is the best approach? I am planning to grow a dwarf apple tree, possibly ivy and clematis too. The soil area won't get direct easterly sunlight but the top of the plants will. I don't mind rectifying any issues either. Thanks

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,204

    It is a good idea to have something on the bottom of a raised bed positioned on concrete to stop the soil/compost from washing out of the bottom.

    How deep is the bed?

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  • Kai_63Kai_63 Posts: 81
    Thank you, 60cm and made of wood.
  • Kai_63Kai_63 Posts: 81
    Just wondered if anyone had any other thoughts on this. Should I add pebbles or sand to the soil for extra drainage? We have just bought a dwarf Cox's Pippin which we want to plant in the area.



    Thanks
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