Soil for Raised Beds - 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 yd of garden mix (top soil and compost mix). He brought home only top soil. We placed the soil in the raised beds before I realized his mistake. Each garden box is 4ftx6ftx 0.5ft.

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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