Last year my father helped me make 2 raised beds. I put them in the upper middle of the old garden.
Here’s a excerpt from last yrs. Blog I gave up on:
JUNE 2013: It seems that all the bags of Miracle Grow Garden Soil and up-teen bags of top soil, I filled the beds with, don’t have enough nutrients to make my garden grow like it should. After a month of watching the corn and tomatoes not get any taller than about 6” I added some 10-20-10 fertilizer. Heavy good rains came after that and melted the fertilizer into the soil. The corn, green beans, and tomatoes found new life for about 2 weeks and then froze in place. The rains stopped and I am watering every other day or so. I added Miracle Grow to the garden about 2 wks. ago and the tomatoes perked up, but the corn and green beans have continued their downward spiral. I’ve 3 stalks of corn and 4 green bean plants.
On a good note the cucumbers and sweet banana peppers are putting off. The only squash plant left out of 3 has squash on it, but they are not getting any longer than 4” and they’ve been that way for a week. Something is, now was, eating the leaves off 2 of my tomato plants. Sevin dust applied and hoping this will stop that.
OCT 2013: I had almost given up on the 5 AR Traveler tomato plants till the first of Sept. when they started producing like crazy. I picked approx. 170 ripe tomatoes in a month and a half. Thurs. night (Oct. 24) a frost warning was on for Friday morning so I picked 3/4 of a pickle bucket of the tomatoes; green and partially ripe.
66 tomatoes picked, one day.
This year I have higher hopes for my raised beds. To hopefully help the soil I added 3 bags of mixed Hummus and Manure to each bed.