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bhartco
Apr 11, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Raised beds or not
Name: greene
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greene
Apr 11, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Because the soil in my yard was questionable, I opted for all raised beds filled with my own mix. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, the raised beds are easier on my old back, there is less water wasted and I can control the planting medium in each bed to suit the intended crops. Thumbs up
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plantmanager
Apr 11, 2017 10:23 AM CST
I'm with Greene. Raised beds for me! They also make it a bit harder for the rabbits and squirrels to get into the feast.
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RpR
Apr 11, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Depends on your native soil and which is harder, making a raised bed or prepping original soil for a garden.

Neither is easy.

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madcratebuilder
Apr 11, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Raised beds generally have warmer soil so you may get off to a earlier start. Less bending over, important for old fat guys like me. Full control of soil/compost you use.
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Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Apr 11, 2017 1:15 PM CST
If I vegetable gardened here, I might go for raised beds, but not for perennial gardening.

We have a heavy clay that requires the working in of organic material both initially and subsequently.
The perennials themselves need about of foot, depth, of the upgraded soil.
Without also initially pick-axing the clay below the foot, we can end up with a sump effect.

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