leila hamaya wrote:yes, actually i think that is the ideal.
build the bed now, let it weather for 3-6 months, and then plant it in spring.
i am usually a bit impatient and build it and plant it within a month. but when i do build them slowly usually that works out better, plus i usually find i have to re do a segment or fiddle with it some, which is so much easier before there are plants in there.
in northern california we can do a lot of winter gardening, especially where you are at, brassicas, kale, peas, potatoes garlic and onions... and greens, arugula and lettuce all do ok in the winter.
alex Keenan wrote:You could cheat and use things that decay faster like organic burlap coffee bags, mushroom compost (already decayed) , Leaf mold compost, etc.
You can also purchase oyster mushroom spore and get free bags of coffee grounds. Just open bag and add some spore and leave bag to form a nice fungus for use in spring.
Matu Collins wrote:Also, if I were you, I'd put the wood chips on top. They make a good mulch but not a great compost mix-in.