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Raised bed with sandy bottom...suggestion needed

17 years ago

Hello gang,

I did not know where to post this question, since raised beds are containers without the bottom, I thought I would post it here...Also since Tepla/AL frequents this forum on great frequency, I am sure to get the great suggestion.

I finally removed good portion of peagravel in my cornor of backyard and created 3, 4"x8", 12" deep raised bed. However, once the gravels are removed, all I have on the bottom is sand, with very little organic material. I guess they build this house on a sandy hill. I double dug the sand to see if there is any hint of soil/clay, no luck.

Now I need help on building good soil base to fill the raised bed.

I am planning to plant - tomatoes, peppers, beans and green leafy vegetables - mustard green, swiss chard. Also I plan to get production out of garden this year.

I have decided not to buy garden fill mix from the nursaries, rather, I want to mix my own.

I have bought - spagnum peat moss, 3 bales, 20 bags of 99c cow manure from home depot on yellow bags and 6 2cu bags of bark mulch, and big bag of Osmocote(sp?) slow releasing fertilizer.

Here are the questions:

* What is micronutrients? Sounds to me like, it is found in manures. Is adding cow manures, and adding couple of bags EKO compost( one of expensive compost sold here in COlorado)enough for micronutrients? If not what else is recommended?

* I also plan to dig on the sand bed, once the bed is filled with the mix. This will add sand to the mix, and also loosen the sandy bottom. Is this a good idea?

* I am planning to add a bag of Scultz perlite in each bed and mix. Is this necessary? Which is better perlite or, vermiculite(sp?) ?

* What else can I add to the mix to make the it more productive so my vegetables produces like crazy? :)

Thanks for your help on this.


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