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Hi, thanks for reading.

i have built a raised bed over concrete and hoping to grow some veg in it.

i have googled how to fill it and all posts mention manure....I have tried to locate some, but unfortunately I can't source any.

can anyone recommend what other way for me to fill the bed? I have added some leftover top soil to the bottom of it

thanks image


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,366

    When you say concrete - what exactly do you have underneath the bed? You need to make sure you have drainage for your plants. Are there holes round the base to allow excess water to escape? 

    Re the manure - you can buy it in bags from garden centres or DIY stores if you can't access it from stables or farms. You can mix it with soil and compost to fill your bed image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    There are a few threads on this subject on the forum that you might find helpful..  Good luck I have 2 raised bed one manured and one not manure..  Its dependant on what you hope to grow... eg Carrots hate manure, they will fang and split..  But Onions and garlic and shallots love it...

     Good luck, read widely..

  • Thanks so much for all your advice, I couldn't get the manure so I order chicken manure pellets, so hopefully that will do the job. 

    I hadn't really thought too much about drainage, but recently had to dig up some driveway, so that can go in!!

    i know I now a bit late to be putting sWeds in, but I will give it a go image

    everyday is a school day for me in the garden!!

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    Uodate on the raised beds.. The Non manured side is going great surprisingly and the manured side seems to have a lot of weed seeds and the garlic shallots and onions are some what smaller than expected..... 

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