How to fill raised beds for the first time? Connecticut
Hi! I have been an avid container gardener and herb gardener for 10 years. This year, for the first time, we're building fenced-in raised beds, just over 400 square feet of plantable area. It has been an expensive month -- building material, seeds, grow lights, everything. I've soon got to fill these raised beds and I'm trying to do it economically. I'm in Fairfield County, where everything is absurdly expensive -- there is no free compost or fill or anything anywhere. (I did start a compost pile about a month ago, but it won't be ready.)
So - my question -- I'm on just under 3 acres, where the back acre or so is lightly wooded. Can I dig dirt from there and wheelbarrow it over to the raised beds? If so, what should I mix it with or layer it with? It's nice, dark dirt that's usually covered in leaves.
Thanks for any suggestions.