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Post  jonesseptimus on 10/25/2014, 8:50 am

Hi,
Complete amateur, well passed my sell-by date but keen and enthusiastic about SFG now I've discovered it online. Would appreciate a little guidance please ....
Have space for 6' x 4' raised bed (for veg) in small paved courtyard. Can I place the raised bed directly on top of the concrete paving slabs ? (I am reluctant to tear up the slabs) cheers Many thanks
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Post  Vash_the_Stampede on 10/25/2014, 10:14 am

Hello jonesseptimus,

glad you\'re here  glad you\'re here glad you\'re here to SFG!

I'm certain someone with a bit more experience will be along shortly to answer your questions better than I. 

I'm sure you'll learn a lot here.

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EDIT: Also I see you're in Wales. Be sure to check out the European regional threads for more area specific guidance. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/f22-europe

Plantoid is the regional host and can probably answer all your questions.
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Post  sanderson on 10/25/2014, 12:20 pm

Jones,  Welcome to the Forum! glad you\'re here  Yes, you can set up a nice table top or raised bed on top of your pavers.  That's one of the wonderful things about square foot gardening.  Just make sure you have proper support under the plywood so it won't sag and you wake up in a couple of years to everything on the ground.  At least every 2 feet if you use 1" plywood.  Drill drainage holes in the center of each square foot and one in each corner of the box.  Then lay weed fabric over the bottom to keep the mix from washing out the bottom.  Have you read All New Square Foot Gardening, 1st or 2nd Edition, by Mel Bartholomew?  It is a wonderful beginning (and advanced) guide to gardening.  There are several topics on raised beds and table tops here on the Forum, complete with lots of photos.  We love photos! Very Happy  Just use the Search box.  If you have any more questions, please ask.  We are here to help.

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Re: Just starting SFG!

Post  Marc Iverson on 10/25/2014, 12:25 pm

Welcome!

Especially if you live in a particularly wet area, and being that autumn is here already, you might want to raise the beds enough so that when the bottoms get soaked, they can dry out more easily. That's not just better for the longevity of the wood -- some plants really don't do well with their roots always soaking. Soaking can not only lead to rot, it denies the roots the air they need too.

You don't want your beds to get flooded, either.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/26/2014, 11:38 am

Hi jonesseptimus!  Welcome from Atlanta, GA (SE US).

I see you've already gotten your question answered on your beds... Smile

Be sure to check out the archives for info on all SORTS of stuff.  The advice given has been hard-won thru practical experience...!

Most of all, have fun!  (and post pictures!)
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