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The Perfect Recipe for Your Raised Garden Bed


April 16, 2021

Using a premium soil recipe for your raised bed helps to establish robust root systems and assist native soils with keeping nutrients available to your plants. G&B Raised Bed Soil provides the ideal base soil recipe for raised bed gardening and has significant benefits to gardeners. Raised Bed Soil is formulated to be used as a stand-alone soil mix in a raised bed that sits on the soil or is wholly enclosed in a container. Its use provides the perfect opportunity to establish the most favorable environment for your plants. It can be used for both raised beds and large container gardening.

Perfect Raised Bed Watering

G&B’s raised bed soil contains just the right amounts of organic nutrients such as poultry meal, kelp meal and worm castings that will help feed the soil your plants will thrive in. It also takes the guesswork out of determining the soil quality because it is already pH balanced to be between 5.8 and 7.5, which is optimal for a vegetable or flower garden.

Raised Bed Soil is like a balance between garden soil and potting mix. It has the exceptional drainage necessary for container and raised bed gardening. It assists gardeners in maintaining loose soil and provides adequate airflow for necessary oxygen and nutrient delivery to root systems.

Perfect Raised Bed Soil Recipe

Don’t get complacent though! All organic gardens, including raised bed gardens require additional organic fertilizer through the growing season. Edibles, many of which are grown in raised beds, are heavy feeders and need nutrient replenishment with an organic granular fertilizer every 5-6 weeks. And like potting mixes, supplementing with an organic liquid fertilizer like Fish & Kelp every 2-3 weeks will yield the best results.

Perfect Raised Bed Vegetable Starts

Recipe for New Raised Beds

2 parts G&B Raised Bed Potting Mix
1 parts G&B Harvest Supreme
1 parts G&B Purely Compost
1 parts Worm Casting
1 parts G&B Vegetable Fertilizer

While G&B Raised Bed Soil is formulated to be used right out of the bag, many gardeners use Raised Bed Soil as the base mix and add their own compost and other soil amendments to create their own “recipe!” That’s part of the fun with gardening!

Amending Existing Beds

Have you noticed the soil in your raised bed seems to “shrink” each season? Beneficial soil microbes consume the soil throughout the year which helps create plant-available nutrients your plants need to thrive. At the start of each season, spread a layer of Raised Bed Soil within 3-4 inches of the top of your raised bed. Then, mix it with the existing soil to a depth of four to six inches. This is a great time to mix in organic granular fertilizer too!

Recipe for Recharging Existing Beds

1 part G&B Harvest Supreme
1 part G&B Purely Compost
1 part G&B Vegetable Fertilizer

Filling it up

Don’t overfill your raised bed or container. You want to make sure that during planting, weeding and harvesting you don’t loose soil over the edges. Keep all that growing goodness inside the bed! Simply fill the raised bed with Raised Bed Soil to 3-4 inches below the top.

Containers

  • Cover the base of the pot or container with your soil recipe mix and press down firmly
  • Follow the directions on the G&B package and add an organic granular fertilizer appropriate for your plant.
  • Loosen up plant roots with your fingers before planting and place the top of the root ball about 2-3 inches from the rim of the container.
  • Fill the remainder of the pot with soil mixture and press down firmly to secure the plant.
  • Water in well and add fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Raised Beds

  • Add your soil recipe to the raised bed.
  • Follow the directions on the G&B package and add an organic granular fertilizer appropriate for your plant.
  • Loosen up plant roots with your fingers before planting and place the top of the root ball about 2-3 inches from the rim of the container.
  • Water in well and add fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

raised bed gardens

Planning

Take some time to walk your garden area and plan for watering (drip lines), easy access, and good sunlight throughout the day. Take some photos, make a sketch and start building a list of what you want to plant and the supplies you’ll need to make it happen.

Need tips on garden planning? Read More: Planning & Planting a Raised Bed

Perfect Raised Bed Setup Planning Sketch

Need to know when to plant your favorite veggies? Read more here.


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