February on Peter’s Plot: The Easiest Way to Build Raised Beds

The February instalment of Peter’s Plot. How to build wooden raised beds in readiness for the veg growing season. Buy all the seeds you need at seedtoplate.c…
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8 Responses to “February on Peter’s Plot: The Easiest Way to Build Raised Beds”

  1. It really needs to be well rotted. The fresh stuff has too much nitrogen in it, which can cause plant leaves to dry out and turn brown – often referred to as burning. Plus fresh manure can contain pathogens/bugs that you don’t really want near your food. Leave it for a few months and it’ll be fine!

  2. Glad you like it. Switch those Playstations for propagators and get them out in the fresh air! Peter

  3. love the videos! I’m about to embark on a project with my two teenage sons, v exciting – I’m on a mission to get them off the screens and doing something exciting outdoors! Thanks for your advice – fabulous.

  4. Is fresh horse manure ok to use? Thanks

  5. Glad you like the videos. The square foot gardening method was partly the inspiration to my gardening approach. You’ll see more about it at seedtoplate.co.uk.

    6inch boards will be fine. Just don’t sink them into the ground that much. Cheers, Peter

  6. Peter,
    I love your videos — simple, direct, always a joy to watch and learn from. I would like to build raised beds just like yours here in the U.S. so I can grow my own Victory Garden using the Square Foot Gardening Method. Due to my budget, can I use boards that are 6-inches wide and still get good results? I make my own compost and worm castings to save money and am hoping to save more money still by using leftover lumber I’ve acquired. Cheers and thanks in advance!

  7. Glad you like it MrBarrytone! I strongly recommend you use treated i.e. ‘tannelised’ timber. Once these beds are in the ground they’re wet for most of the year. Anything untreated, unless it’s hardwood, won’t last long at all.
    Cheers, Peter

  8. Hi, great video! I want to make some beds like this but I’ve seen lots of people making them with untreated timber for vegetable plots… I know the treated would obviously last longer though…

    Looking forward to your next update! :)