Raised bed soil question


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Old 02-28-21, 11:04 AM
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Raised bed soil question

I have a small space on my lawn where I'm making a raised bed. It is 3' x 8' x 14" deep. I'm new to raised beds and am wondering what my soil composition should be. I think I have plenty of materials on-hand, including:

- 3 cu. ft. of peat moss (which Iíll hydrate)

- 1 cu. ft. compost w/ 20% biochar

- Approx. 5 cu. ft. 50/50 mix of topsoil and compost

- Lime

- 3 cu. ft. compost

So I donít know if I should mix all of these together, do layering or what. Any suggestions?
 
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Old 03-01-21, 05:00 AM
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What do you intend to grow in the raised bed?

Your bed will need about 28 ft3 so your going to need a lot more. I'd get the best quality topsoil you can find. I would mix in the compost and your topsoil compost blend. I'd hold off on the peat moss and lime until you know more about the soil you have and what you intend to grow. Peat can hold a lot of moisture (for better or worse) and can impart a unpleasant taste especially in more delicate foods like strawberries.
 
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Old 03-01-21, 11:51 AM
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Thanks Pilot, much appreciated.
 
 

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