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Eric Vinje

Hi Nina –

Freezing temperatures will likely affect the microbial life of your compost or soil. Similar to an industrial freezer, the chilling temps will help preserve some of the soil life, while others will freeze and die. It is possible to revitalize your soil before planting. Compost and worm tea works wonders! You could also use an inoculant such as Azos or Mykos to re-introduce healthy mycelium and microbial life.

I’ve attached our article Make Soil for Your Raised Beds here. Keep in mind that raised beds dry out more quickly than garden soil. So, a heavier mix — containing compost — might be best. Compost — plenty of it — will always improve soil, no matter how good it is to start with.

Hope this helps!