Soil For Raised Vegetable Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Canyon Lake, CA
Question by kuzzinken
April 3, 2000
What soil should I put into a raised bed which I am going to plant seedlings from Burpee tomatoe seeds. The plants are now l l/2 ft. tall. I need to get them into the soil.


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Answer from NGA
April 3, 2000

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Any good quality top soil will serve the purpose nicely. After filling your raised bed with top soil, spread a 3"-4" layer of organic matter over the top and till or dig it in to a depth of 8"-10". An organic amendment will help the soil drain well yet hold just the right amount of moisture, and it will provide nutrients to the roots of the plants and the matter decomposes. I use aged-compost or leaf mold when I work my beds in the spring.

Hope you have a terrific tomato harvest!

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