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Question: My husband built above ground gardens and put in composted dirt. He says it is very airy and drains quickly and my plants will die if I don't push them into the ground. I have been planting for years and have lost very little. Is this something I need to do because the dirt is different? Shasta daisys that grew last year did not come back this year.

Answer: Nicely amended soil is light and airy and will drain quickly but after a year or two of being in a raised garden bed, it surely has settled enough that you can plant as you normally would. Although raised bed planters drain quickly and warm up faster in the springtime because they are above ground, the roots of any plants you leave in them over the winter months will be exposed to temperature extremes. I think that your Shasta Daisy died over the winter. The roots were probably frozen solid. I'd plant annuals in the raised bed rather than perennials, unless you can somehow insulate the bottom and the sides of the planter boxes.

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