recipe for garden mix - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dkbryson
April 10, 2009
What do I need to add to top soil to grow vegetables? I sent my husband to the nursery for 1 cubic yard of garden mix (top soil and compost mix), but instead he brought home only top soil. We all ready placed the soil in our raised garden beds before I realized his mistake. What should I add to the top soil to get it ready for vegetables?

Answer from NGA
April 10, 2009


You can spread compost or aged manure over the top of the garden bed and dig it in to a depth of about 8 inches. This organic matter will help loosen the soil and make it drain quickly and, as it decomposes it will provide nutrients to the roots of your plants. I'd spread a 3-4 inch layer over the top of the soil and dig it in. Enjoy your garden!

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