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Old 05-02-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Building A Planting Bed-How Much Dirt?

I have recently redone my deck and there was an area where the previous owner had a pool. There is a good amount of sand...too much to get rid of. As a temp fix I was thinking about building two 3'x6' planting beds to cover some of it up. What I was wondering was should I put dirt on top of the sand and plant? Or should I just fill the beds with mulch and sit some pots on top of the mulch? If I fill it with dirt how much is enough for the sand to not have an impact?


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Old 05-02-2010, 11:47 AM   #2
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What are you planting ?
The sand will usually stop most roots if it is a thick layer


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Old 05-03-2010, 06:23 PM   #3
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I would go with about a foot of good topsoil for most planting or at least six inches and then add some potting soil to fill. I wouldn't spend the money for all potting soil. 3x6 is a good size for a raised bed which is what I presume you are talking about building.

One thing about it, you won't have to worry about drainage with all that sand.
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