Susan Hutson wrote: I have decided to only work the outside edge of these beds but what do I do with the middles I am leaning toward planting some shrubs to attract beneficial insects including bees in a hope of two things 1) I will only have to walk on my beds once a year when I prune and tidy the plants 2) attract more pollinators and keep the nastiest under control. is this feasible?? and plant preference would be helpful
Susan Hutson wrote: there is no life! No worms no microbial life and as some of these beds are 3 feet tall nothing was going to be able to crawl in either.
I think I have finally realised something which is never spoken of with raised beds and that is the only worm life they can sustain are those which are introduced either when being constructed or introduced with compost.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
If you add worms to a bed that contains fresh manure, you will not get benefits you will kill worms or they will leave the area since the anaerobic microbes will eat the earthworms.