Raised garden bed - Knowledgebase Question

Garden City, Mi
Question by tandj
April 5, 2010
I am going to be buying compost dirt from a local trash company for my raised beds. Do I have to add anything to it? Or can I use it as is. I plant tomatos, cukes and peppers.

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


I'm not sure what composition your "compost/dirt" might be so I don't know how to guide you. Generally 3-way topsoil is purchased for raised gardens. 3-way is a mixture of garden soil, sand and organic matter (usually compost). If the product you are purchasing has both garden soil and organic matter (compost), then you should be able to use it without amending it with anything. Use it as is, but after planting your vegetables, mulch over the bare soil with some organic matter to help suppress weeds. At the end of the season you can dig the organic matter into the soil to further enrich it. Repeat this every year and after a few years you'll have rich garden loam. Best wishes with your garden!

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