Most people want to wait until it's summer to prepare their garden, but actually you should take advantage of winter for planning your garden's layout and reading books about the right flowers, trees and shrubs to grow in your space; February should be used for improving clay packed soil, of which NC has an abundance. These are the following amendments you will want to buy at Home Depot, Lowe's or an area garden center to add to your raised bed annually:
Dept. of Agriculture Soil Testing Lab in Raleigh, 4300 Reedy Creek Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 733-2655
• No direct charge April – November; peak season fee $4/box December-March
• Funded through the fertilizer tax
• Results are posted online – turnaround time depends on the time of year
BELOW: Raised bed you can put on our patio made by The Carpenter Craftsman with a potting table attached. Move to where you want them, then fill with quality soil and your amendments!