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Q.Is This Mix Right For Raised Beds?

Zone Southern Utah | lakestreetmeg added on April 3, 2020 | Answered

Should we mix topsoil with mulch to fill a raised bed? Here’s why I ask…My husband and I went to our local nursery yesterday and asked them what soil to use (on a budget) for my raised beds we just built. The lady there said we should purchase 1 bag topsoil / to 3 bags mulch… mixed together. My husband was like, “great that’s cheap!” I told him I don’t think that’s right… but he bought it anyway. I’m concerned with this mixture, and wonder why the local nursery suggest this to us? I googled and can’t find this soil recipe recommendation anywhere of mixing so much mulch with topsoil to fill a raised bed. Or that the mulch inside the soil will cause disease. My worry is that the vegetables and flowers I’m planting won’t have enough soil to grow/root onto. What are your thoughts?

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Answered on April 5, 2020

I usually see recommendations of topsoil mixed with compost or aged manure. Then about 3 inches of mulch on top.

Our research recommends a mix to suit what you will be planting:


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