Preparing Raised Beds for Planting
I have a number of raised beds that I have used for approximately eight years for growing vegetables and flowers. Each year I add a few inches of compost and several inches of mulch when planting the garden. Now, however, the beds are overfilled. Do I need to remove some of the soil in the beds or should I discontinue adding compost and mulch? (Mulch is essential here due to dry conditions.)
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You shouldn't have to add soil each year so long as it's healthy, though refreshing the soil with compost may help. If it's filled to capacity, simply remove some to allow room for your mulch.