So, again, I was outside looking at the veg plot and making some gentle, not ‘etched in stone’ plans for next season. As you do on chilly cold mornings!
I must have been stood for quite a while, lost in thought and planning because the postie managed to creep up on me. Be nice… I was only on my 2nd cup of tea of the day, the neurons weren’t firing yet. B-)
I have been reading up on small space veg plots and a lot of them suggest raised beds, because then you don’t have to suffer the problems that I did last year with:
- Bad foot placement on my part
- Less than straight lines
- Possible Flooding
- Slug infestation
- Carrot fly ?
- More bending
Now… What I’m actually thinking of is to build about 5, maybe 6 beds. The reason is that if I do it this way I can reuse the bag idea for potatoes, because it worked rather well. After that I can use each bed to hold different things and between them I can just tramp on the ground and not worry about standing on or damaging anything.
Weeds were also quite a bit of an issue. But only because I had difficulties getting to them. With a raised bed I may be able to just pluck them out more easily because I’ll not have to break my back standing over other plants, I can just crouch by the side and save my back. Everything will be much better positioned. Not only that but it will be so much easier to work out crop rotations.
The Topsoil is going to put me back about £30 for a ton sack of good quality stuff and the wood… I have no idea. Although if I’m lucky I may find some pallets around the place that I could rip apart. We can only hope on that one though!
Are raised beds going to actually give me any benefits? I’m going with ‘Yes’. If only to help me not have as much back pain and weed invasion.