Raised Vegetable Beds and Filling Them?
I have not considered my raised vegetable beds containers and never have an issue with drainage. If anything, they probably drain and dry out pretty quickly. But I do have larger new beds we are building this spring and I won't have enough of my own native soil to fill them and trying to decide what to fill them with. I do have a lot of unfinished compost that I can sheet compost in a few beds. Or I could put a layer of unfinished compost ingredients in the bottom and use all my good native soil as the top layer and I might have enough to do that and be able to plant my beds this spring. Then I thought about the bark fines that Al suggests for containers and didn't know if that would be a reasonable addition on the bottom? Or just half rotted shredded bark mulch mixed into the unfinished compost.
I have grass we removed, kitchen scraps, a little bit of leaves, cardboard and old compost that is past it's prime, meaning it's sat uncovered almost 2 years and probably has leached most of the nutrients back into the ground. That's all I have and probably won't be enough.
I don't want to buy topsoil but thought maybe some organic bagged compost Coast of Maine, which is really expensive, or Bark Fines. I have a large bag of Mini Pine Nuggets too. Didn't want to add peat moss or perlite. So being in a state of indecision thought I could use some input.