New veg. garden: raised beds or ground level?
Fellow NE gardeners, your postings about starting veg. gardens have finally gotten to us, and we're going to fence in an area which is south-facing with all-day sun by Fall so as to get those veggies growing early next Spring. (And garlic in, this Fall.) Can you help us decide: raised beds or flat on the ground? Our land slopes gently downhill to the east. Hose faucet will be about 25 ft. away. We are "in residence" mostly on weekends, this being originally a summer cottage (we live in town during the week). No irrigation systems, so the plants must survive on weekend water and heavy mulching.
What are the advantages of raised beds vs. the benefits of ground level?