Soil for Raised Garden Beds: What Do You Need to Know?


| 3/2/2017 11:34:00 AM


Tags: gardening, raised garden beds, soil health, Paul Wood, Maine, Durable GreenBed,

DSCN0180 - CopyPeople who buy our Durable GreenBed raised garden bed kits often ask what type of soil they should use to fill their new beds. Here’s the advice we typically share. Once you’ve considered that, read on for some bonus tips we share with customers on how to decrease the amount of soil you need and keep your garden soil healthy.

What type of soil works best for raised beds?

In situ soil

The best and greenest soil for your raised beds is soil that comes from your property. There’s no need to transport soil onsite (or in situ, in Latin) in a car or plastic bag. And if you’re already gardening organically, you know your soil is free from pesticides, herbicides and other contaminants.

However, we realize this isn’t possible for everyone. People often purchase raised beds because their soil is so poor they can’t grow in it. If you’re concerned about using your own soil, there are a few things you can do to determine whether it will work in your raised beds.

The first is to determine what type of soil you have. There are two ways you can research your soil type at home. One option is to wet down the soil, let it dry slightly, then try to form it into a ball (as described in this video). Clay soil will easily take on a round form; sandy soil will crumble in your hand. If you get a result somewhere in between, you have loam.




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