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Soil for Raised Beds – Which One is Best?

You have decided to make raised beds and now need to fill them with soil. What is the best soil for raised beds? How often does it need to be replaced? How much compost should be added? Should you mix in some garden soil? I’ll answers these and other question in this post.

Before we start, lets define the term raised beds. I discussed raised beds in Raised Beds – Pros & Cons, and defined them as having walls. I will continue to use this definition in this post.

Soil for Raised Beds

Soil for Raised Beds

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Tighty Whitie Soil Test – A Brief Review

The tighty whitie soil test is a great way to measure soil health and demonstrate the value of no-till gardening.

In this post, I will have a brief look at the science behind the test.

Tighty Whitie Soil Test - measures the microbe population in your soil

Tighty Whitie Soil Test – measures the microbe population in your soil

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Soil and Compost – Selecting the Right One

You are in the market for some soil or compost and you visit the local nursery or big box store. There are so many products to choose from. Which one is the right one? Should you buy soil, or triple mix, or compost? Or is potting soil the right product to buy?

In this post I will try to sort out this confusion and show you which product to use for different types of jobs.

Planting trees - Soil profile showing top soil (layer O + A)

Planting trees – Soil profile showing top soil (layer O + A)

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Topsoil, Compost, Triple Mix – What’s the Difference?

Go to any garden center and you will find a large range of products that all look like soil. Many names are used including topsoil, triple mix, compost, potting soil, black garden soil, peat moss and garden soil. What is the difference between all of these products? It can be very confusing.

Some of these products are marked as certified. What does that mean? What kind of guarantee do ‘certified’ soil products offer the consumer?

These and more dirty topics will be discussed in this blog post.

TopSoil, Compost, Triple Mix - What's the Difference?

Components of Ideal Soil, by GardenFundamentals.com

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