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Old 01-30-2018, 09:46 AM   #1
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Medium for raised bed garden for this spring


We were planning on making a raised bed for vegetable garden this year. Question is would I be better of getting a miracle grow soil as filler to put on top of ground or would I be able to reused a ProMix HP mixture that I tried using last year?
Is it ok to mix clayish soil with a synthetic ProMix blend?

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Old 01-30-2018, 10:35 AM   #2
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Were you happy with what you used last year?

If so use up what you have, it's not depleted yet, but will be in a year or two.

I'm wondering why buy commercial mix, when one could maybe get some material from a stockyard for nearly nothing, and have a great yield from it.

Clay soil does need a lot of material mixed in to make it grow better, so I see nothing wrong with using the product that you have, if you were happy with it's results last year.


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Ayuh,..... How big, 'n how long is this raised bed gonna be,..??

Ya could be talkin' truckloads of whatever dirt ya wanta use,....
Bales of miracle grow, or any other bagged stuff top dirt could co$t Thou$ands,...

When I did my 75'x 15'x 1' raised bed, I used native soils, covered by better native soils I found later,....
I used my compost pile of dirt, just to bed each plant,....
No commercial bagged top dirt at all,...
Well,.... other than the flower pots full the ole lady threw in the garden every time she repotted her plants,...
Of course,.... Everything was blended each spring when tilled for the season,....
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Medium for raised bed garden for this spring


The bed will be on the smaller size: 2 x 12 by at most 1 feet high.

So now I just realized I may need to get more stuff to pile in or make the height a little bit less.



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Old 01-30-2018, 03:07 PM   #5
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Equal parts compost, peat moss and either vermiculite or perlite. You can go
compost 40%,
peat moss 40% and
either vermiculite or perlite 20%

to make it a bit cheaper.
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