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By Nickh15

United Kingdom Gb

Converting a garden pond into a raised bed. The pond is a good 4ft deep, looking to add a couple of railway sleepers to the sides, making it 5ft ish deep. Question, will I need to add some aggregate or just fill with top soil?



It would be helpful if you could tell us what you intend to grow in the bed.

11 Jan, 2014



11 Jan, 2014


You will still need adequate drainage, Nick. Depending on what the pond is made from you need to break up the base to allow water to drain out, otherwise your soil will become waterlogged and stale. You can then fill it with whatever suitable soil/compost you think fit.

11 Jan, 2014


That's what I thought you were going to say... Back on the shovel it is then :)

11 Jan, 2014


Good way to use stones that get stuck in the fork.
Collect up in a bucket and drop in the bottom of the hole.

12 Jan, 2014


Definitely a good way to get rid of 'hard' rubbish Diane. But make sure that the stones have some soil mixed in with them so you do don't get voides. Soil from above eventualy filters down into the voides and the surface of the raised bed will slump.

12 Jan, 2014

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