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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 12, 2014

    Getting a soil sample is always my first bit of advice for anyone starting a garden.

  • Brenda Barton
    Brenda Barton Royse City, TX
    on Mar 8, 2014

    I want to try a raised garden bed, a small one of coarse. I was just going to buy the soil needed to plant a few items. My arthritis want allow me to do very much. Your garden looks very good, Jane

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer Lafayette, LA
    on Jul 23, 2014

    For a raised garden what type of soil would be best? Also, do I want to put a barrier between my yard soil and the raised bed soil?

    • Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads
      Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads Lamar, SC
      on Jul 23, 2014

      @Jennifer We put a layer of cardboard in the bottom of the first few beds that we constructed, but later we stopped doing that because ours were going on recently tilled soil. I think it would depend how the soil you were placing it on had been prepared. If it's grassy or weedy, then I would recommended placing the cardboard layer down. Some people also put a wire mesh layer to prevent critters from getting into the bottom of the bed but we have never had a problem with that. We are always tinkering with the soil mixture but a good one to start with is a mix of bagged garden soil and compost. Filling the bed can get expensive so you may want to get some soil delivered to cut the expense.

  • Jim G
    Jim G Suffolk, VA
    on Aug 28, 2014

    Hi, Zone 7 (southern VA) and going into fall (28Aug), are there any veggies that can still grow between now and mid-Oct? temps here in mid-Oct are usually still pretty decent. (60s/70s degrees)

    • Jim G
      Jim G Suffolk, VA
      on Aug 28, 2014

      @Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads Thank you Jane! So Carrots are good and I'll search where I can broccoli replants..... and I see you show lettuce. I have 2 raised garden beds (4x6 and 4x7), one had Cukes that this year TOOK OFF then looked like Powdry Mildew killed them and 2nd bed was Tomatoes only. BOTH have Marigolds growing in them and BOTH had radishes as I read marigolds are good to keep the bugs away and radishes as good "companion plants".

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