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Some basic vegetable gardening questions

@gardening So this year I've decided to put in raised garden beds. I've been reading a lot about them and I have some questions for more experienced gardeners.

  1. I understand that you should cover the soil with mulch to protect it, and that you should also cover it with a cover crop or mulch during the winter. So can I just leave the same mulch on year-round?

  2. What do I do with the plants at the end of the season? Do I just uproot everything and get new plants next year?

  3. Is there ever a reason to change the soil? I'm planning to use a 1:1:1 mix of compost, vermiculite, and potting soil. Is this a good blend?

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  • You might be over thinking this a bit. 

    Most landscape merchants will sell a multipurpose top soil that will already be mixed with compost. That will be ready to use straight away. 

    All your old bean, courgette etc plants, yes just pull them up and throw on your compost heap.

    Don't bother mulching in the autumn/winter as a lot of the goodness will get washed away. Mulch in early spring. Home grown compost, manure, mushroom compost etc.

    Something like the RHS website will probably be a good place to look. 

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