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Soil mix for raised beds

BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,957
edited February 2020 in Problem solving
I am building another raised bed and would welcome advice on the % mix of top soil, well rotted stable manure, leaf mould and horticultural grit. I have lots of each. I do not think I have any home made compost ready for use at the moment but will top dress the bed with it annually in autumn. Thank you.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,719
    It depends on what you want to grow.
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  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,957
    French beans and lettuce this season. Various vegetables in the future.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    Hi @BenCotto , I'd use 60% topsoil, 30% well-rotted manure and 10% leafmould in a raised bed for those veggies and would avoid the grit in case you want to grow carrots in the future.
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  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,957
    Great advice; thank you Philippa and Bob.
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