Garden is in 5b and 6a growing zone. Ground was extremely hard this summer and a lot of watering was done.
To prepare a garden bed with compact soil for winter, clean up debris, add organic matter like compost, mulch to insulate, protect perennials, trim shrubs, drain the irrigation system, cover delicate plants, inspect for pests, maintain tools, and plan for spring planting.
Alternatively, you could try a no till method:
I have learned that you cannot use treated wood for raised beds. I am trying to build a 4x4 raised bed, that will last, and the only other solution is cedar, but that is an issue beacuse of tons of carpenter bees. Any seggustions?
Cinder blocks! They last longer than wood, and are just as safe on the environment around it as wood it.
ed bed. Can plants be cut back when done blooming, making room for another plant ready to bloom then cut it back to make room for the previous plant thereby having constant blooms.
As long as these are annuals, then this would be a good idea. Just make sure to keep the soil fertile by adding compost or feeding with fertilizers in between. This will keep your blooms going each season.
I have had a few earthboxes for years and have had some success but not as much produce from them as I would like. I have used their soil and additives (dolomite, fertilizer) as well as some others. My space is limited so have turned to this system.
Here is an article to help you keep the worms happy!
raised bed. Perhaps I wasn't clear, I'm looking for perennials that will bloom all year long. At least some that will bloom into early Winter or some that will start blooming late Winter. Also, can I cut some perennial back to the ground, making room for the blooms of other perennials & when they have finished cut them back to the ground for the next perennial blooms, thus creating a cycle?
Absolutely! You might have trouble finding early spring bulbs since many require lower temperatures than you experience. You can find a few, like Muscari, that will work in your area.
Here are some articles that will help, and give you good information on maintaining the bed: