Raised vegetable bed questions - newbie

pcwest256May 15, 2014

I am a new homeowner and gardener and am considering creating a raised gardenbed with about 10 inches of new organic soil next to an existing Camelia tree.

How much space should I put between the bed and the point where the Camelia bark enters the ground. I don't want to stifle the Camelia roots of air and also water (i.e., when it rains or when I water the raised bed, water may no longer be getting to some of the Camelia roots through that 10 inches of new soil).

Also, is 10 inches of soil in the raised bed too much? I am a little worried about the quality of the soil underneath and potential lead so I want to keep the garden well above the soil.

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johns.coastal.patio(USDA 10b, Sunset 24)

You generally don't want to bury a tree or shrub ... so I'd think you'd want to be a few feet away at least. 3 plus?

If you want to feed your camellia, you might just start mulching it with compost, periodically.

I googled for a link .. would you believe Mulching Camellias from The American Camellia Society? ;-). Can't get much better than that.

This post was edited by johns.coastal.patio on Thu, May 15, 14 at 12:34

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