I'm new to Oregon as of 6 weeks ago. I moved here from Miami Beach where it was A LOT easier to grow. I moved into a house where there were raised beds but the soil was tan and looked as if it severely lacked nutrients. The soil is very dusty and doesn't seem to hold much moisture. I've since transplanted that soil and added soil conditioner and compost. I've planted some carrot plants and I plan to plant the rest of my crops from seed. I want to know the best way to rehab that soil in order to get the best yield. Can you all help me? I'm planning to plant leafy greens and se of the better growing crops for this area. I have another box that is 12' x 6' and the rest of a 5'x5' box that the carrots are planted in.
Clackamas County Oregon
Thank you for your question. The cheapest and easiest way to improve soil texture and water retention is by adding organic matter, which you've already begin. Here is an OSU Extension article on the hows and whys that should help: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1561
You also might want to consider getting a soil test, especially for the basics of pH and soil nutrients, with a recommendation from the lab about what else to add (specific to the crop(s) you intend to grow). The closest one is A & L Western Agricultural Labs, whose information you can access here: http://www.al-labs-west.com/
Hope this is helpful. Good luck!