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Raised bed and path woes

Dirty Fingernails


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Master Gardener Molly Hackett

Q: We are starting our first garden of raised beds in Seeley Lake. How much do we have to worry about soil contaminants in our garden beds? Is there some way to keep the soil in good health from year to year?

A: It has been said that if a gardener takes care of the soil, the rest of the garden will take care of itself. The soil is where everything starts. The dirt is full of living organisms--billions of them in every teaspoonful. Yes, that is right. There are billions of fungal spores, bacteria and a variety of other microscopic creatures in every teaspoon of garden soil. They form the web...

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