What should I fill my raised bed garden with
So I am building my first raised bed vegetable garden (and also first garden ever). No experience, just read a couple books on sq. foot gardening. I think I have a pretty good idea of what I'm up against and I have a good feeling I will get a decent harvest.
The garden bed dimensions are 4'x12'x18", with one 4x4 section stepped up to 27" (for squash, melons, and pumpkins since they are deep rooted veggies). I have gone deep because the native soil is not ideal for vegetable growing.
Now... the one concern I have is getting the soil right. One book says (x) another says (y), one forum says (x) another says (y). You get the idea, there's a lot of mixed info out there. I know that "mels mix" is probably ideal but 3 cubic yards of mels mix is just not in my budget. I have access to a compost facility and I was planning on calling to get a delivery of 75:25 compost:loam, then adding some perlite and peat moss to the top 8-10 inches. Is this a good soil for this type of raised bed?