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Soil mix for raised beds

BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,671
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.
Rutland, England


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,937
    It depends on what you want to grow.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,671
    French beans and lettuce this season. Various vegetables in the future.
    Rutland, England
  • 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.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,671
    Great advice; thank you Philippa and Bob.
    Rutland, England
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