The Q&A Archives: Raised Beds

Question: I just purchased a raised bed system from your company but need some info on getting started. Does the grass in the area where I will be putting it need to be cleared out or can I just put mulching paper over it? What type of soil should I fill the bed with? I notice that you suggest 12-18 inch depth soil but the plastic lumber is only 6 inches. Would I be better off growing things that don't need much root room such as lettuce & spinach in the beds? Thank You.

Answer: It isn't necessary to remove the grass - it will die out when covered with soil. I line the bottom of my beds with several thicknesses of newspaper before adding soil. You can use regular garden soil to fill the bed, or you can mix some potting soil, compost or other organic matter in with the soil and then fill the bed. With only a 6 inch depth, you'll have more success with annual flowers and shallow rooted veggies such as radishes, lettuces, and spinach. Perennial plants will need more root space than your bed can provide. Enjoy your new raised bed!

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