Over wintering Raised beds

Asked October 20, 2018, 4:09 PM EDT

Should/can I cover my raised beds with plastic now?

Yamhill County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. It is the right time to cover your raised bed garden—but not with plastic! Although plastic protects the soil from becoming compacted, it keeps air and water from being available to valuable soil microbes that keep the soil healthy. Planting a cover crop will return nutrients to the soil, especially if they are legumes (peas, clover, lupine, etc.) Here is an Extension article with loads of good information: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/fs304.pdf And, although you probably know this, here are some other tips on raised beds: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/fs270/html Hope these are helpful. Good luck!