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Old 06-11-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Filling a raised garden bed


I am inquiring about how much of various ingredients do I need to fill my raised garden bed? The dimensions of the four beds that I had built are 4 x 8 and 2 feet tall. I would like any advice to this question. I would like to use these beds for vegetables and am unsure which combo to use and perhaps where to find the materials. Thank you for all advice.


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Old 06-11-2011, 03:35 PM   #2
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Buy a pre-mix or buy component parts. Any good gardening book/website/store can give you more info.

I filled mine with Sassafrass Loam mixed with 10% vermiculite, and whatever ripe compost I had on hand at the time. I've topped off with compost every year; and this year I added some moisture holding planting mix.


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A good quality planting mix will do fine. If you have a landscape supply company near you it will save you quite a bit to have them deliver and dump it in the drive or something for you. Check my math but I see you needing 256 cubic feet or 85.33 yards.

Ordinarily a planting mix consists of quality soil, organic amendments, and inorganics for things for keeping soil from clumping together and aerated (e.g. vermiculate). You can also add the different kinds of gels and things that store water and release it as the soil dries out.

You will want to add a balanced fertilizer for vegetables to your mix. If the organic amendments are fairly fresh the will take nitrogen from the soil for the decomposition process so plan on adding some nitrogen only fertilizer to compensate (e.g. ammonium sulfate).

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85 yards of garden soil..... i dont even want to think about that much

256 cu ft = ~9.5 cu yd
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