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Q.Mulch mixed in soil

Zone 76432 central texas | Anonymous added on April 3, 2017 | Answered

I’m a novice gardener who’s trying out square foot gardening for the first time in a raised bed ( 4’x4’x13″deep). I’m afraid I messed up when adding/mixing my soil… I mixed in 2 cubic feet of pine bark mulch into the soil thinking that would help air out the the soil and improve root growth. Later I read in a thread that was bad because it will rob all the nitrogen from my plants as they decompose. How bad did I mess up if at all? I’m basically using ” Mel’s mix” and just added the 2 cubic ft of mulch along with it…

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Answered on April 3, 2017

A very simple combination for most garden beds is 50 % screened top soil and 50% compost.
Both of these materials are readily available, inexpensive and easily transported to your garden.

The Mel's Mix you mention is essentially a potting soil, suitable for potting container plants.

Don't worry, the beauty of raised bed gardening is that it is quite easy to fix! Well, I can say that because I'm not the one that will have to shovel out the pine chips!

Here are some articles to help you get started.


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