Placement of raised beds to avoid tree roots
We have a small vegetable garden of raised beds, that we are going to redo this spring. I am hoping to expand the size of the vegetable garden, but the yard is small on a 1/4 of an acre. We also have four neighbors who abut our property and they all have trees. Right now the current location of the raised beds seems to be far enough away that the tree roots have not invaded them as yet, but if I expand, I may have to place a large raised bed closer to a line of Silver Maples.
I have already given up having a compost bin under neath the drip line of those silver maples, because even with cement blocks and a piece of chicken wire underneath the bin, somehow, roots have invaded the compost to the point I'm having a hard time digging it out. How I don't know. Unless the chicken wire bent to the ground under the weight of the compost.
I can't think of one thing I can do to prevent the roots from growing up into the raised beds. I just wondered if anyone here had the same problem and solved it somehow?