I am starting my first organic vegetable garden. I have boxed off a 12 x 12 area. I wonder if I can put down plastic before filling in with compost and soil (8 inches) or will the plastic interfere with the plants. Thank you.
Laying Down Plastic
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes, you can use black plastic but this could cause drainage and aeration issues. I would recommend using something in the bottom that allows air (and water) to pass through, such as landscape fabric or moist newspaper. You can then put your compost/soil over top. The newspaper will eventually break down and further add nutrients to the soil. Here is additional infomration that should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/urban/raised-beds-for-urban-settings-no-digging-required.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/lasagna-gardening.htm