Making Raised Perennial Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Plainsboro, NJ
Question by kbialiy
September 5, 2000
I have a perennial bed with plants that were moved from one bed into this one last fall. The plants did well this summer except the area is low and seemed to be wet. I would like to create a raised bed. Do I need to dig up all of my plants, add soil and replant?


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Answer from NGA
September 5, 2000

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In a word, yes. Plants are sensitive to their planting depth so you can't just add more soil over them. Rather than creating a raised bed there, you might also consider using plants that appreciate a damp location to take advantage of that natural moisture.

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