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Is this the first evidence of a Polecat on that site, or even in the area?
Do you have more evidence?
We’ve seen the polecat a couple of other times around the Garden over the past couple of years, both times in small pockets of woodland. We don’t know where it lives though.
Polecats have been seen occasionally nearby, crossing roads along the Tywi Valley.
I was thinking of craeting some 3ft by 5ft raised beds, but don’t know how tall to make the beds. I was planning on using 2 6 s or 2 8 boards, or should they be made higher? Just to go to the 2 8 s instead of the 2 6 s, increases the lumber price to almost double. Thanks, and any advice would be appreciated. I’m trying to make my ugly veggie garden look better and more controlled.
Thanks for your interesting question. It’s great to hear you are considering raised beds for your vegetable growing. They really are an excellent way to grow and organise your vegetable growing.
The most popular heights for raised beds are 8 – 24” which will suit most vegetables. Might be a good choice for you depending on the vegetables you like to grow. 2 x 6” boards would therefore be fine and as you have already found out cheaper too!
Choosing the height of your raised beds is ultimately a matter of own personal preference. Some factors regarding choice of height you will need to take account of are:-
• Personal preference
• Vegetables you intend to grow
People have different abilities so you may wish to consider how much bending down you want to do. If you are prone to back strain or have any mobility issues a taller bed will be necessary to make gardening easier for you. 2 foot high beds will be helpful in this case. The final choice of height will ultimately be personal to you.
Choice of vegetables
For most vegetables (Cabbages, Salads, Onions, Leeks, Spinach etc) the root room they need will be between 12” and 18”. Carrots, Turnips, Chard, Cucumbers, Peas and Peppers will need 18 -24” of good soil. Rhubarb, Squashes, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Artichokes and Asparagus and Root vegetables like Swedes and Parsnips will ideally need deeper soil between 2 foot and 3 foot deep. Remember if your raised beds are sited on soil they will be able to obtain nutrients below the level of the raised bed provided this is topsoil (the top darker layer of soil which contains more humus).
Allow for mulch and prevent overspill
Remember that height of bed should allow for space for adding mulch so soil level needs to be at least a couple inches lower than height of boards. Also stops spillage onto neighbouring paths.
Ensure good drainage for good plant growth– consider adding a shallow layer of drainage material in bottom of raised beds such as small stones or gravel.
I hope this helps. Good luck with your growing.
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