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What Type of Soil is Right for My Raised Garden Beds?

Thinking of putting in a raised bed garden this spring? Low maintenance and high yield make this a perfect choice, especially if you don't have a lot of experience or time to devote to growing backyard veggies, but you still want to try.

As compared to row gardens, raised beds are better for a few good reasons. First, the raised beds hold just the right amount of water to deliver to your plant roots - with less runoff, and the need to water less frequently. Second, raised bed gardens maintain more temperate conditions. In the summer, they keep your plants' roots cooler. In winter, they insulate the soil from extreme temperatures and cold wind. Finally, raised bed gardens encourage the roots of your plants to grown down rather than spreading wide in search of water and nutrients. This means the plants grow up rather than out, allowing you to space them closer together and fit into a smaller area.

As far as garden soil, the best approach for a raised bed garden is to set up ideal planting conditions from the get-go. The highest quality soil means you can do the work up front, then reap the rewards for several seasons, with minimal maintenance. It also means you can enjoy gardening the organic way. When you grow in nutrient-rich soil and engage companion planting, you eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and harmful sprays. This is so beneficial to your family's health in the long run.

Where to get great garden soil?

We recommend searching close to home for sources of organic soil. If you're getting ready to have a raised bed garden installed, the first thing you should do is call a few local nurseries to see if they offer organic soil delivery service. Stop in and visit, and ask to take a look at the different types of soil. If it's dark, rich, and full of organic matter, you're good to go.

How much organic soil should I fill into my newly installed garden beds?

For a garden frame that's 12 feet by 4 feet, you'll need about a yard and a half of soil. So if you plan to build 4 garden beds of this size, then order approximately 6 yards of soil. For more specifics on soil calculations, read this. Before you install the garden frames, schedule soil delivery from your local nursery in advance. You must first clear a sunny area of your yard, planning ahead to ensure there will be enough space to walk a path between your garden beds.

What pH should my garden soil be?

With soil pH, the lower the number, the higher the acid content. Limestone increases the acidity of your soil, and sulfur makes it more alkaline. Common vegetables prefer slight acidity but not as much as plants like azaleas and roses. To grow garden vegetables, the pH of your soil should be about 6.5, which is slightly more acidic than alkaline, 7 being the midpoint. Organic soil must contain an even balance of green and brown matter to ensure the correct pH for growing vegetables. So if you plan to augment your purchased garden soil with homemade compost, add both grass clippings (green matter) and leaf mulch (brown matter) to your compost pile, along with biodegradables from your kitchen.

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SPRING GARDENING ZONE 6

Chemical-Free Pest Control for Your NJ Organic Garden

Grow Better Tomatoes by Amending the Soil

Growing Herbs in NJ Zone 6 Instant Download E-Guide

Determinate vs. Indeterminate Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes from Seed

Buying Good Garden Soil in Hunterdon, NJ

What Type of Soil is Right for My Raised Garden Beds?

What Vegetables to Plant on May 15

Ode to the Turnip

Best Seed Catalogs

When and How to Start Prepping Your Garden Beds in New Jersey

When to Plant Early Spring Vegetables in NJ

Garden Planning in February? Yes! Get Ready for Spring Planting in NJ

Getting Your Raised Garden Beds Ready for Spring Planting

Is Rototilling Necessary? To Till or Not to Till Your NJ Garden Beds

Garden Planting Dates for NJ Zone 6

How to Plant Peas When There is Snow on the Ground

What to Do When You Miss Your Planting Date

Baking the Weed Seeds Out of Your Garden Beds

Planting Onions in Early Spring in NJ Zone 6

Broccoli Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

Sacrificial Carrot: How to Make Your NJ Carrot Crop Go the Distance

How to Grow Strawberries Organically

How to Plant Cucumbers in NJ Zone 6

Growing Herbs Successfully in NJ Zone 6

Spring Gardening in NJ: What to Plant on May 15?

Mid Spring Gardening Upkeep

 

ORGANIC COMPOST & FERTILIZERS

Organic Composting Q&A

Mulch Q&A for Vegetable Gardens

Choosing a Fertilizer for Your Vegetable Garden

6 Quick Tips for Gardening Without the Use of Chemical Fertilizers or Pesticides

 

GROWING VEGETABLES FROM SEED

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How to Grow Vegetables from Seed

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