I started gardening last year but mostly kept it to the upstairs back yard. We've got all this space downstairs I'd like to use this year, but the soil sucks.
I'd like to build raised beds all over it like the ones I put upstairs, made with cedar. I can't afford to right now, though, certainly not in time. But we've got all these concrete blocks from a project that never got finished, so I thought I'd build some beds with them.
I have read all about the concrete/cinder block toxicity concern, after reading this https://permies.com/t/13174/Toxicity-Concrete-discuss I decided to go ahead and do it.
Also, I mean for this to be temporary. I plan to do what this guy did https://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8 ... irly-cheap and not mortar the joints so I can put cedar beds there next season.
1. Do you think it is okay to put beds on top of that soil as is, or do I need to do something to it first?
2. Do I need to build something like this https://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscapin ... -drainage/ to help with drainage, or is it only the soil that's the problem?
Thanks, I'd like to fix it as soon as possible, in planning everything upstairs I've run out of room for everything I'd like to grow this year. Any tips or advice would be appreciated.