Soil or compost in New garden boxes

What do fill new garden boxes with, is it top soil or compost or a mixture of both. Shall I put some fish, blood and bone in when I plant it.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,218

    Are they biggish? If so, I'd throw the lot in.image

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Is it permanent planting or temporary?

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    They are 4' long x 2' deep x 18" wide and I want to plant possibly Hebes, Cordelynes and similar, with some trailing summer bedding around the edges.

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    That could work out expensive for 4 planters, would I be ok with top soil, compost and a good feed.

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Meant to say John Innes could work out expensive.

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,805

    I have a similar 'problem' with some planters I got last year (not quite as deep as yours!).

    I am gathering up as much polystyrene packing as I can to fill the bottom to save on soil and then a mixture of John Innes,multi-purpose and anything else I can find!

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,864
    Sizeyuk1 wrote (see)

    That could work out expensive for 4 planters, would I be ok with top soil, compost and a good feed.

    Topsoil, compost and slow release fertiliser should do the job.  I certainly hope so anyway as I need to top up some 12' x 4' raised planters where the soil has dropped by about 6" since they were constructed a couple of years ago.  JI or other compost would cost a fortune.

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