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Jan 18, 2018 1:08 PM CST
I have a raised garden bed and I left it outside during the winter. I am preparing to start my garden again but I want to know what I should put in my soil to revive it after it has been wet and covered in snow etc.
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Jan 18, 2018 1:13 PM CST
You have portable raised garden bed?
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Name: Arlene
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Jan 18, 2018 1:31 PM CST
I use raised garden beds that my husband and I made. When I restart, I use perlite to lighten the existing soil, add new soil and some really, really good long release fertilizers. It's worked very well for me.

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Name: Porkpal
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Jan 18, 2018 2:53 PM CST
I don't know that snow and wet will deplete your soil. However, it is always a good bet to add compost.
Name: Rick R.
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Jan 18, 2018 4:04 PM CST
This is a silly notion that winter conditions are bad for soil. While it might be true that "old" soil might deplete in time due to nutrient depletion or soil compaction, winter snow or wet would not be any more contributing than any other time. In fact, if the soil freezes, that will aerate and loosen the soil because the water crystals that form will expand. Depending on how you care for your soil, the most likely treatments you would do (if anything) is add fertilizer in some form or incorporate amendments to keep the soil loose.
Wyoming (Zone 4a)
Jan 18, 2018 5:07 PM CST
Loosen it as deep as you can with a pitchfork, digging fork, or broadfork in the spring, especially since erosion isn't much of a worry in a raised bed

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