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Jan 16, 2017 6:32 PM CST

I have 2 raised cedar wood beds each 4' x 4' x 18" deep. Last summer I tried my first vegetable garden in these beds with seeds I sprouted indoors. I tried my hand at tomatoes, green beans, sugar snap peas, peppers, carrots, brussel sprouts, a variety of lettuce and herbs and zucchini. I started my seeds way too late in the year to have a very successful garden. But I'm wondering A) do I need to change the soil this season or can I just mix in fresh compost when I finally get some B) does it being a raised bed change the timeline for when I can plant my seedlings outside in the beds (I live in the Near North suburbs of Chicago) and C) are there any other considerations I should take when growing veggies in a raised bed? like what should grow next to each other and what shouldn't? or how often should I fertilize?
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jan 16, 2017 6:55 PM CST
To answer part of your question, just adding some compost and mixing it in will be fine. Don't need all new soil. For my beds I add composted manure also.

But...did you really grow all those things in two 4 x 4 beds?
Blinking Seems like not enough room for each plant.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"

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