We are growing our garden from our vertical garden by adding 2 raised beds. They are aprox 2'x8'. We have a slightly compact lot, so this is the biggest foot print (and time) that we can commit to at this moment. My question goes to a few things:
1. How full should the beds be? They are built level on a hill, so one end is 16" deep and the other is 10"
They are built out of cedar with supports at the corners and at the 4' mark. Do I fill to the top, few inches below?
2. Growing up I never put down mulch/cover after the seedlings started (in Iowa), and I've read a lot of people are doing this now. Would bark or straw be better?
3. Slugs/Snails are the bane of my existence. Seriously, they get picked up ever week and thrown into the street for the passing cars/birds to enjoy. I have Sluggo, any other items that can easily be purchased, or just keep up with that around the beds/vertical garden?