Raised Beds with a Difference
To continue on the story behind my vegetable patch I wanted to share this project/experiment with you all.
My dad got me these great wooden boxes and I have been toying with what exactly to do with them for a while now! Finally, while I was in the swing of filling up my vegetable patch, I had a brainwave to turn them into raised planters. My only problem was that I did not really have enough topsoil to fill both of them up to the top with.
I was toying with just filling one up, then I remembered an idea I had read about a few years ago in a magazine. It involved placing grass sod upside down in a bed then covering it with newspaper and topping it up with topsoil. The idea is the sod will break down as will the newspaper. The newspaper is spread over the top to suppress any grass that might start growing.
I of course had some grass sod piled in a corner from making my vegetable patch so I said I would give it a go! I laid the sod upside down in the bottom of the boxes and then covered them in newspaper.
Once all this was done, I filled the boxes up with topsoil.
Now the two boxes are filled up and all ready for plants to grow in them! I plan to use these for runner beans and some salad crops! I will keep you up to date about how it works and if it is worth trying!