Most of my seed orders have arrived now so I’ve started chitting my potatoes. Chitting means growing shoots before planting to give them a head start. Potatoes are a good crop for beginners; easy to grow and their deep roots help to open up ground that hasn’t been cultivated for a long time,…
Sounds good! I love the idea of using heritage potatoes. I’ve just played it safe this year and got Maris piper and Desiree. You’ll have to blog how you get in with them later in the year.
Popped into the timber merchants near my GF’s house yesterday and had a good chat with one of the guys about raised beds. I learnt two key things:
1) The wood must be ATLEAST 150mm high. Any less and they’re not really raised beds, more separated beds. Separated beds aren’t a bad thing … They still help you organise, but on a waterlogged plot like mine you NEED raised beds.
2) You can buy thin, cheap wood and replace it every few years, or buy thick treated softwood and build them once.
So, I’ve opted for 47mm thick and 200mm high C16 (plant safe) treated softwood. Enough to build two 15” by 4” beds.
It set me back £100.
Can I afford that? No. But it’s a solid investment and will be there for years to come. It arrives Thursday, so I’ll update with pictures and progress then.