Allotment Raised beds in April

How's this for productivity?

Okay, I'll be honest. There are two beds with strawberries in, and one that's a permanent asparagus bed. So only two of these beds are planted up with seeds - the rest have just been covered to warm the soil. Looks good though, doesn't it?


Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Blogger Jo said...

It looks like you are in full production.

April 14, 2010 at 1:13 AM  
OpenID intothegardenspace said...

Your raised beds look lovely!
Reminds me, I need to paint mine this year. Give the garden a bit of colour, maybe a purple! Happy gardening :)

April 14, 2010 at 1:42 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

This looks great...i have often thought about raised beds but worry about there not being enough room to plant as much as I want once they are do you get around this??

April 14, 2010 at 1:48 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

yes it does look good.

April 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thanks Jo and intothegardenspace and Paula.

Tanya - we decided that raised beds would be used for intensive production or high value crops, that's why three are permanently planted out: two with strawberries and one with asparagus. The rest are used for salads and quick crops that so that we can sow, harvest and resow with a new crop or have successional crops like radish or pak choi that bolt if you plant too many at once. Also in the raised beds are carrots (to stop carrot fly) and parsnips.

Finally, there's a long thin seed bed that's used for raising seedling crops that are then transplanted on elsewhere. Basically about a sixth of the plot is used for high-productivity raised beds which have to work really hard for their keep. The rest of the plot is in open cultivation apart from the fruit beds near the shed and the cold frame.

It is a balancing act though, and we wouldn't be happy to have any more raised beds than this, I think.

April 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

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