To Top

Best Growing Medium for Raised Beds

I am building 12 inch high raised beds this year on top of really lousy clay soil. I have heard/read so many different opinions on what to fill the bed with. One recommendation was to not remove the sod, lay landscape fabric, and fill with some rocks for drainage and use NO soil, just compost (2/3) and peat (1/3). Anybody have input on this?

Ad

Hardiness Zone: 4b

By Julie from Green Bay, WI

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

March 20, 20110 found this helpful

I used compost and cow manure. Make sure the manure is old so it will not burn the plants or seeds. Mix it well . Maryan

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
March 28, 20110 found this helpful

When I moved to arizona (a small town close to flagstaff), we had red cinders/rock instead of soil.

I too used a 12 inch raised bed. I filled the bed with a mixture of "jerry baker's barnyard tea." 1 Bag top soil, 1 bag peat, 1 bag sand, 1 bag garden gypsum and 1 bag garden fertilizer. Mix it all up and start filling the bed. You can increase the amount of the mixture by how large a raised bed you are making.

Ad

My oh my I am in love with Jerry Baker. My garden was wonderful. Bulbs for spring, other flowers for summer. It was all wonderful. Until one morning I looked out and saw the cattle eating over the fencing i had put around it. In arizona you can fence them out but the ranchers do not have to fence them in. So they range.

But it was wonderful while it lasted. Good luck and google jerry baker, master gardener for any other questions. Worked for me and still does.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
March 28, 20110 found this helpful

Ps: this works for all states and all gardens. We must replace what plants use up each year.
Mix it up and chop it in. You will be a happy gardener.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content
In This Guide
Gardening in Raised Beds
Gardening in Raised Beds
Categories
Home and Garden Gardening Raised BedsMarch 20, 2011
Guides
Square Foot Raised Garden Beds - Two Completed Garden Beds
How to Make Square Raised Garden Beds
wood framed garden bed
Building Raised Beds
Beautiful raised garden beds filled with plants.
Directions for Building Simple Raised Beds
Cardboard Box
Making Raised Garden Beds Using Cardboard Boxes
More
🎂
Birthday Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/09/17 23:27:17 in 874 msecs. ⛅️️
Loading Something Awesome!