The bed was filled with roots from some of the prior crops, and we worked through it to pull out as much of it as possible. This is hard work, but when shared with a partner, it's not half as bad.
I carefully "planted" 2 empty 1 gallon pots and 4-4" pots into the raised bed. Why would someone do that you might ask? Let me tell you why. When I water I'm able to get a little extra moisture to the roots of the plants, and when I add fertilizer, compost or worm castings to the pots the nutrients slowly leech into the soil, feeding and watering the roots of my plants at the same time.
Be well and happy gardening!
This garden looks amazing! Everything is growing better than expected. The front of the bed shows the carrots and beets. The back of the bed is my 3 sisters garden (corn, beans and squash) a combination that was started by native American gardeners. To keep out the wild life (cats, dogs and raccoons) and provide additional support to the plants, my husband used rebar and fishing line around the border and through the center of the bed.
Follow up: 06/04/2011:
I've been gone a few days. It's always exciting to see how much things change in a short time. The corn is taller than the tops of the rebar.
The front of the bed looks great.
The squash plant has a few blossoms, but no fruit yet.
The beans have small purple flowers. None of the vines are winding around the corn, though.
A few neighbor's have commented on how nice the garden looks and I have been able to share a few thoughts and tips about growing your own food.