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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by bil paul
on May 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM
Why did you decide to go with raised beds? They are an awfully expensive and work-intensive way to go, instead of just working with your surface soil. The only reasons I can think of for using raised beds are (1) you want to build a garden on an impervious surface such as a concrete or brick patio (2) your surface soil is contaminated or (3) your surface soil is impossible to work with. I agree, raised beds look good, but I am more interested in veggie production and saving money by growing my own.
by jennifer
on May 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I am planning on putting in raised beds next year because I am tired of putting in hours of labor and expensive amendments only to get poor return on investment from my poor clay soil each year. Perhaps after 10 years the soil will be rich, but after 3 years of wasted time and effort, I'm just not willing to do it anymore.
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