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

Posted by coody 8 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 12, 10 at 14:47

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

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.


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

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 12, 10 at 17:44

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


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

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.


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