Hi; I have a question I was hoping some of you experienced gardeners could help me answer. We just bought our property in Central Virginia this past summer and I desperately want to get a garden going by this upcoming Spring. I am in the process of constructing the frames for at least three 3' X 12' raised beds. Currently, we are having an addition built onto the main house and as a result, the contractors have dug out a huge amount of clay soil for the crawlspace. I was wondering, if I mixed a fair amount of compost and sand into this bright red, Virginia clay soil, would it be good for raised beds? (The previous owners left us large amounts of compost--I believe unintentionally--by piling 20+ years worth of grass and leaf clippings in several areas. I've searched the archives and have read mixed reviews about using clay soil. Would I be better off having a load of topsoil delivered and mix that in instead? Thanks for all your advice. I love this site and I appreciate your help and insight!