Beginner Gardener Tips: Should You Till?

We’ll be doing raised beds from here on out.

The Raised Bed Farm Blog

When we bought our first house in 2000, it had a 1000 square foot area that had been gardened by the 90-year-old prior owner for 20 years.  It was a simple rectangular area, and she had planted her crops in rows, with a big Rhubarb in the corner.

f69f6-andytilling2The soil was hard-packed clay, and while there were definitely crops growing, it was hard to imagine where the water would go.

We had read about raised bed gardening in a book by Edward C. Smith called The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible that we could till up the soil to make raised beds without having to bring in extra soil.  We didn’t have much money, so this made sense to us.

We found a tool rental shop, and it was about $75 to rent a gas-powered tiller for a day.  I had zero experience or fear, so there was a bit of a…

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