Re: [gardeners] Raised beds and rototilling??? (
Sat, 19 Sep 1998 13:25:58 EDT

In a message dated 9/19/98 9:27:48 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> Should I build my new beds this fall after I have rototilled or should I
>  wait until spring?  The beds are located on the south side and it is
>  quite dry on that side of the house.

I live in CA and the soil is clay. Depending on your soil type....rain, snow,
sun will compress and harden soil over time. Unless you are adding a ton of
stuff that is not yet broken down you may need to turn it again in the spring.
Unless you have incredibly good soft native soil there.....Id suggest covering
it with a thick layer of grass and leaves after tilling to help avoid the
problem. Then they can be gently spaded in next spring and you can build up
the beds. I suppose you could cover them with plastic or tarps if is is a
small area...but be sure to make sure some air can circulate under it.

Taree in CA