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Buying Good Garden Soil in Hunterdon, NJ - More Tips

Hooray for February! Yes, there's snow on the ground this week. But before you know it, St. Patrick's Day will be here and it'll be time to plant those peas. Will your garden beds be prepped and ready to go?

Here are some tips from Mike about bringing in good quality soil as do you the initial setup of your framed, raised garden beds:

When buying soil, ask the right questions up front. Many places try to sell you screened topsoil but this is not for organic gardening. You want something being sold in bulk, as a compost / soil mixture. Some will call it gardening soil. Some add sand to the mixture to aid drainage. Some will call it organic - others won't. Some will sell a soil or manure mixture, or a soil and mushroom mix.

Fact-check first. Research your soil to make sure it has the nutrients that your specific garden wants. Manure adds nitrogen. Mushroom soil is great for most garden plants, but bad for some because of high soluble salt levels. These salt levels can kill germinating seeds, harm young seedlings, and cause damage to salt-sensitive plants, like azaleas and rhododendrons. Test the soil in your yard using a soil test kit online. Do some Google research if you're not sure. The soil you choose will be the foundation of your garden for years to come.

Calculate the area in advance. A 12 x 4 x 11" garden bed frame needs about a yard and a half of soil. Use an online soil cubic yard calculator for this purpose. You should determine the length, width, and height prior to ordering your garden soil. A 16.5" high garden takes more soil than an 11" high one. So if your garden bed frames measure 11", we would order 6 yards - not four. The soil calculator calls for 1.78 cubic yards per 12 x 4 x 11".

Save money and time by utilizing dug-up sod. One more tip for those getting started with their very first garden bed installation. This process typically requires a large amount of sod to be dug up from your yard. To cut down on the amount of garden soil you'll be purchasing, you can put an upside-down layer of sod at the base of the raised bed you intend to fill. This saves time and money, as sod can be difficult to dispose of. Most recycling centers won't take it, and it will serve its purpose nicely as a bottom layer for your garden beds.

Need a local source for organic garden soil? We buy ours from The Garden Gate at 101 Rt. 31 in Flemington, NJ for our Central Hunterdon County customers. You can reach them at (908) 788-4255.

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