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Question: I would like to have a raised-bed organic vegetable garden. I was told to build the beds from untreated cedar wood, but I was later told that raised beds are not good for planting in my climate, unless I could move them to more appropriate areas of sun or shade.(in a 5 gallon bucket). I want this to look nice. Would you suggest I plant my vegetables in the ground, cedar boxes, or in something else? What is the safest all-organic method?

Answer: Hillary,

I am not sure why raised beds were not recommended. They are fine but whether you use raised beds or not individual vegetable plants would have their preferred sun exposure. Most need lots of sun but a little late day shade is fine. Mix several inches of compost into the top 6 inches of the soil to improve it and to help the plants to thrive. Check out the following web site for more info on Organic Gardening in Florida:

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