People like reinbeau, who have the beds?
I just wanted to know do you leave the original top soil on and till in additives or a soil mix?
Or do you remove it and use all bedding mix?
OR, do you put the bedding soil in on top of the existing top soil with out tilling the original?
Now, being raised on a farm and have had a garden nearly every year from the time I could carry a garden tool, you would think that I should not have to ask such a tough question.
I have several square foot and gardening by the yard tapes.
I never did under stand the part where they just scraped the weeds off then just added soil mix with out doing something else. Like tilling before and/or tilling it into the existing soil.
reinbeau, If I made beds with sides no higher than yours, I would prefer to till 8 to 12 inches deep before adding the soil mix, then mix it in with the existing soil.
Yours is picture book perfect.
I also like your compost bins.
Another point I would like to bring up.
I let my back garden spot grow over and it is going to take me a year or two to get it going again.
That leaves me with my front spot. Which is near my "bored" well. it is only 57 ft deep but has "even during these few years of drought" has maintained 18 to 20 ft of water. I can pump it to with in 5 ft of the bottom and it will recover over night.
I cannot use just any kind of material for my borders or just any kind of fertilizer on this spot.
This means I cannot use treated boards and will have to use untreated boards or cement blocks.
If you look in the top left of this pic. you will see the fence post around my garden. My well is just out of the picture to the left. :)doak