Kate Muller wrote:I am on the Merrimack Valley north of you in NH. I do have friends who garden in the Connecticut River Valley.
Raised beds are great for dealing with water situation in the spring. They dry out faster and warm up faster if you remove the
mulch once the snow melts. By mid June everything is warmed up enough to mulch the beds again. I do this for my annuals
and when I am establishing new plants.
As you are expanding the garden building new beds is much easier in the fall. The soil is drier and there are no black flies.
Build the bed, mulch with leaves and follow the instructions above.
Soil testing is worth doing so you know what you are starting with.
Also take a tour of Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates place in Holyoke MA. It is an amazing tour and they sell seedlings. http://www.foodforestfarm.com/visit/tours