I am thinking of building raised beds this year for our garden. Last year was our first year here and my first attempt at gardening - it was pretty much a trial year. We have two main problems: the soil - everything is clay here, hence the raised bed idea - and lack of sunlight. We have three huge maple and oak trees in our backyard and while we have lots of dappled sunlight all day, we have very little direct sunlight in any one place for any amount of time. My spring garden last year went really well so I know we have enough light until about June. I planted one tomato plant and one eggplant last year and they didn't do anything - but I don't know if that was because of the soil or the light. (Or the fact that last year was really really hot here).
Is it even worth it to try the raised beds? My dad has offered to make them but I would hate to go to the trouble of making them and then not have anything grow. There is one spot along the fence that might get a little more light than the rest and I wanted to try this year but it's still not a huge amount.