Raised Garden Beds
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Zone manchester England | matthewca added on January 24, 2017 | Answered

So this year I plan to build small, knee high length boxes almost, angled at 45 degrees to an almost non existent sun nowadays with window frames that I have sourced for free and all timber so far, as I plan to live more self-sustainably from now on. As my tomato crop got blight last year (my rookie year), I plan to give all my crops a better helping hand so to speak. My only issue is I'm going to be hampered by height, as what I plan to grow (tomatoes, berries and the like), like height. Any ideas? Or should I bite the bullet and just make a big box and smaller ones too? Any ideas or help would be nice. Thanks.

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    Alisma
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    Answered on January 25, 2017

    If the issue is that your boxes will have lids (the window frames) and your plants will grow too tall to fit in the boxes, you could either build taller boxes or plan to lift the lids as the plants grow. With cold frame-type boxes, you can usually remove the lids or transplant the plants to a new area once it is warm enough outdoors.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/building-cold-frames.htm

    If the issue is the depth of the soil in the boxes, you can either build deeper/taller boxes or build boxes with no bottoms so that the roots can use the soil underneath the boxes too.For root health, raised beds should have soil depth of at least 6 inches but preferably 12 inches.

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