As many of you know, we recently got the beds finally all filled with soil. The plan is to not plant in them all now but we wanted to go ahead and have them filled up and ready before it gets hot (hard work in the heat) and before we put the mulch in (so we don't trample it all down).
|4x4 Raised bed with soil|
So my question is for those of you that have done raised beds before. How do I care for the soil in the 'unplanted' beds? I would like to put weed cloth on top, securing it in some way, to prevent weeds but will that 'cook' the soil? Does unused soil need light? Cardboard on top with some bricks to weight it down? Should I water it on occasion (if there is no rain of course)? Keep it stirred up? Add something to it periodically? Worms?
I just want to keep it healthy until it's time to plant some veggies, perhaps mid-summer melons, or some Fall crops.
Thoughts? Thank you in advance!
I'll also reply to all your comments later this weekend. It's just been a crazy busy week so far, but they are all read and appreciated and I will reply!