What type of soil is the best for the planting bed?

coodyApril 12, 2010

A planting bed under the window has sands. I would like to add soil and pine straw covering it. Can I just use the top soil or I should buy the special garden soil for the vegetables and flowers or for the shrubs and trees. What type of the soil is the best for the exisiting planting bed?

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Buy and mix together bagged cow manure and mushroom compost available at box stores, enough to cover top of bed about 3 inches. Plant and then spread pine straw mulch. Sandy soils are best enriched from the surface in the south.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 5:12PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Plant in existing soil and mulch afterward. Skip the amendments.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 5:44PM
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Don't go overboard on the organics, unless you intend to plant anew every year, because you will lose a lot of bulk--as much as half or more-- as the material compacts and subsides. It doesn't retain that nice, fluffy texture.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 9:10PM
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