raised beds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by awhiting2000
June 30, 2010
What ingredients are best for raised beds about 9

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
A mix of about half topsoil and half compost will be good. Another option is to mix compost and sand with your existing soil in a 50% compost, 25% sand and 25% soil mix. Whatever mix you use, blend it in with your existing soil in the bottom of the beds before adding more mix to prevent a sudden interface or different soil types. It doesn't change based on sun exposure. You can also mix in a balanced fertizer such as 10-10-10, or use organic fertilizers if you prefer. Organic sources of nutrients:

Nitrogen: alfalfa meal, blood meal, coffee grounds, cottonseed meal, fish emulsion, seabird guano.
Phosphorus: bone meal, rock phosphate
Potassium: greensand, seaweed, kelp

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