raised bed questions...again
I know I've asked about raised beds before, but, this time, I've got established plants in the beds.
So, main questions are:
If I want to spend my garden dough on fixing up my slightly raised beds and there are plants that are somewhat established, what do I do with the plants? Do I take them out, amend, then put them back or do I amend and let them get a little covered with compost and stuff?
There are a few teeny tiny ones from the fall swap that are not established but are there. One is a sprout with a few leaves and is only about half an inch all around. Hmm, I think that one is a Pelargonium of some sort...cranesbill? One is a one-leafed nub of the pineapple mint.
I imagine I should just take out and replace the little Sedum spuriums and the other tiny tots including the sempervivums. Although, some of those two are gigantic and well established and probably wouldn't mind being covered some. But, really, I'm guessing.
The other stuff is pretty well off: irises, day lilies, catmints (six hills?) Veronica umbrosa, tons of Campanula persicifolias, lots of woolly thyme and mother of thyme and cranesbills. Oh, and the Campanula (sp?) cherry bells!
Does that stuff get potted or just dug up and set aside?
And, one bed is roses so I doubt they need to be moved...right?
I don't think my project will take more than one day. Just remove (if needed), add amendments, then replace and mulch...right?
And, should I wait? We are supposed to have June 15 as our last frost date. Some person at one of the nurseries I like told me to wait at least two weeks before adding compost and food. Does that sound right? Whoops, I already fed the roses!
Okay, one more question while I'm here! The nursery person also told me I should not be using mushroom compost. Whoops, I've used that this whole time I've been up here! Nothing seems unhappy but there is one rose that did not make it. Poor Kaitlin Ainsley died a quiet death, alone at the back of the bed. Maybe I killed her with mushroom compost?
Anyway, I would love some help figuring out how to get these beds happier and a little higher. Not that high, just so they are not slinking out soil through the cracks between the stones that serve as the walls.