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Alpines in raised bed

KT53KT53 Posts: 8,750

I originally posted this in the Problem Solving forum but haven't had any feedback.  So I'm trying again here as it may be more appropriate.

I have a raised bed beside the patio.  It gets sun for a couple of hours in the morning and all afternoon and evening - during the summer months.  In the winter months it is in shade pretty much all the time.

I put a couple of hebes in there while the garden was being stripped out and they have done well, too well, and I will be moving them as they are too big.

I'm wondering if this would work for alpines.  It's very well drained as the bottom 9" or so is filled with rubble.  I will need to top up the bed by about 6" to make up for where the soil settled over the past couple of years.  If the location is suitable for alpines, what sort of soil / compost mix would you advise?


  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    I'm no expert but I think it would probably work.   Especially if the alpines got established over the summer.   As for compost, "they" always say a free-draining compost.  How you find that I don't know but mix with grit.  Mostly I'm posting in the hopes that it will bump up your post and others who know more than I do will see it.

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