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Old 05-08-2014, 05:58 PM   #1
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What soil mix for raised vegetable beds?


I'm ready to buy the soil mix. What do you guys recommend? I plan to buy bags from Home Depot or Menards. I'd like to keep the price down, if possible.

On the bottom of the beds, I attached 1/2" hardware cloth to hopefully keep out gophers, etc. Should I lay landscape fabric over the mesh before adding soil?

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How big and deep are these beds?
Way cheaper to order a load of compost then to use those small bags.
1/2 hardware cloth is just going to rust and do no good.
All my beds are 8 X 12' X 5-1/2" deep and it took a whole small dump truck to fill it. It would have taken hundreds of those small bags.
Simple way to figure out how many bags it would take is by using an on line concrete calculator.
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Check with any nurseries you have in the area. It's common for them to make their own compost and it's way better than the sticks and clay balls that often come in the bagged at box stores and called potting soil. Also some municipalities have a compost program and it is sometimes free or can be purchased by the pick up truck load.
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Lots of people told me not to use compost to fill the whole bed.
I was told it would burn the plants roots.
Everything I planted grew just fine. We had tomato's until Nov.
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There are 2 beds built with 2 X 12's, 3.5' X 6'
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That would take 3.11 yards to fill them up.
Bagged mix is only 2 cubic ft.
That's 3, back hoe scoops.
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That would take 3.11 yards to fill them up.
Bagged mix is only 2 cubic ft.
That's 3, back hoe scoops.
I didn't think it would be that much soil. What's the formula for figuring how many bags? I'll compare prices both ways. Thanks.
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It's L x W x H. 6x3.5x1 = 21 cu ft per box. Divide the total by 27 for cubic yards.
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It's L x W x H. 6x3.5x1 = 21 cu ft per box. Divide the total by 27 for cubic yards.
Thanks. I just talked to the local landscape supply, and he told me I need 1.5 yards.
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I'm building another 4x8 bed tomorrow to supplement the 3 I have now.
I use a local nursery and have them load a 50/50 mix of top soil and mulch.
I have a trailer that will hold 2 yards , but most nursery's that sell this will deliver also.
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Is it a good idea to put landscape fabric on the bottom of the beds? Thanks.
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I don't use landscape fabric and have never been impressed with it when I did use it.
Something I remember from childhood in the 60's is that gophers don't like garden hoses and baseball bats...German Shepherd dogs either. heh heh
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I agree with High Gear. I wouldn't use fabric. Depending upon what you plant, the roots will want to go deeper that the 10-12 inches of soil in the box.
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Thanks. I just talked to the local landscape supply, and he told me I need 1.5 yards.
The landscape supply is probably experienced with settling. A tandem bobtail dump that calculates to 16 yards will net about 12 yards when compacted to natural soil compaction.
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Where to buy organic soil?
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