I came here recently about my first huge gardening mistake (killing all my seedlings!) and everyone was so helpful that I'm back with one more big question.
the area of our backyard that we dug up and prepped for a vegetable garden was in full sun in early spring, but in later spring it seems to be in the sun for only about 3 hours a day, which is clearly not enough!
so 2 days ago, we decided to build a raised vegetable bed in the sunniest part of the backyard. it's 4x10, and about 12 inches deep.
we're growing tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers.
the big question is, what to fill it with?! we have a whole lot of compost (a pile sitting in our driveway!) and some bags of potting soil. if we put it all in, it would be about 20% potting soil, 80% compost.
1. does that sound totally off? should we be getting some top soil or more potting soil? what is the best soil composition?
2. after we add all the soil and compost, do I need to water the bed before I plant?