Do My Own Gardening – Raised Garden Bed Soil Mix – Ep2

Do My Own Gardening – Raised Garden Bed Soil Mix – Ep2

Much needed! Now there is no mistaking who this box belongs
to! Now that the garden bed is built, let’s get
some soil down. But before we do that let’s go over some other
things you should consider before putting down your soil. If you built your raised garden bed and you’re
going to be putting it in a grassy area, put the garden bed down where you’re thinking
of placing it, and dig out all of the grass. You want to make sure to get all the way down
to the dirt level to get all that grass up and out of the place that you’re going to
be putting the bed. Because our bed where the picnic table use
to be and there’s already pine straw, there’s not a whole lot of weeds or grass that we
have to contend with. So let’s go ahead and take a look at our bed
and see what we’re dealing with. So there’s not a whole lot of weeds that we
have to deal with, we’ve got a little bit here and some back there but it’s mainly all
pine straw. So there’s not grass or weeds that we have
to go in and pull out which is a good thing. But again if you do have any grass or weeds,
make sure to go in, dig it all out, clear out the area as much as possible, and then
we’ll move on to the next step. Now that we know the area is cleared out,
what we’re going to do next is put down a weed barrier, which is a mesh type of material
that prevents weeds from growing into the bed, or at least helps prevent them. In our case, what we’re going to do, is we’re
going to take our bed, flip it over, roll out our mesh, and staple it to the bottom
of it, and then flip the bed back over. On to step number two! Now that we’ve got that stapled to the bottom,
you call in one of your co-workers to help you flip it back over! Now let’s talk about our soil! There’s tons of options when it comes to selecting
a soil to put inside of a raised garden bed like this. There are different reciepes out there that
you look up and mix up your own type of soil. That will depend on the type of region and
the climate that you live in, which recipe you go with. But there’s also pre made garden mixs that
you can buy and simply dump into a bed. We’re going to go with an organic pre made
gardening mix. I’ll leave a link the description box below
so that you can click over to our website and read more, but basically it’s a organic
mix of earthworm castings, perlite, peat moss, and mycorrhizal fungi. TO figure out how many bags we’re going to
need, we need to first figure out how much cubic feet that we’re dealing with inside
of a four by eight box. To do that, we’ll measure in inches, we’ll
measure the lenght, then will multiply that by the width, and then will multiply that
by the height. We’ll take whatever that number is, and then
divide that by seventeen twenty eight. One thousand seven hundred and twenty eight. And that will convert it over into cubic feet
for us. After doing the math, we’ve got about twenty
seven cubic feet that we’re going to be dealing with. So, we’ve figured out we need about seven
to eight bags of pre mixed gardening mix to put inside of our raised bed. Now don’t worry if the soil doesn’t come all
the way up to the top of your raised bed. Meaning it doesn’t come level with the sides. You want to leave about an inch or two to
put a top layer of mulch. And we’ll talk about that in a second. But for now, let’s go ahead and get the soil
inside of this bed. It’s the next morning after putting in all
of that soil. It took a lot more out of me than I expected
yesterday afternoon. So I took a break and decided to finish up
this morning. The thing about the soil that we used is it
comes compressed in these bags. Once you open them up, they kind of uncompressed
and they fill up a lot more space than you would think. Having said that, we want to water it down
so that all can settle and compact in there a little bit more to see if we need to add
more soil, so we’re going to do that now! After soaking the soil down, we’ve got about
three inches between the top of the soil and the top of the bed, so I think we can afford
to put one additional bag of soil on top of what we already have. So that’s what we’ll do now. That’s not even one full additional bag. It’s about half. We’re going to go ahead and soak that down
and let it settle and see if we can add the rest in. So this is the second soaking. I did all the soil yesterday, soaked that
down, put a layer on top of that, soaked it down, and this is what we’ve got. We’ve got about an inch and a half, almost
two inches, between the top of the soil and the top of the bed, so I’m going to call this
good. I’m not going to put anymore. We’ve got probably about a half a bag left
in the wheel barrell. So this is good! We’re going to leave it right here. There we go! We’ve got our weed barrier down, we’ve got
all of our soil in there, it’s nice and settled, we’re ready to start planting. And that’s what the next video is going to
bed. We’re going to talk about the plants we’ve
chosen to put in this garden bed, why we choose those. We’re going to talk about how we’re going
to arrange the garden bed. All of that good stuff is coming in the next
video. Hope that was helpful! If you have any other questions, leave them
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22 thoughts on “Do My Own Gardening – Raised Garden Bed Soil Mix – Ep2

  1. Save yourself some time and labor … simply cover the grass and weeds with your garden soil. And forget the weed cover. You don't even need cardboard. Wish I had known this before I built my beds. Also, in my experience, perlite eventually "percolates" to the top of the soil. How do I know this? I tried it.

  2. love this video! very helpful! Question though. I did a couple of raised beds and put them down on straight concrete. I then put weed blocker (to act as a form of aeration and to help keep the soil inside the bed), then i put rock gravel (or driveway gravel that had never been used as such), then compost and all purpose soil. Do YOU think that was a good way to go? Im growing corn, veggies, and peppers in it and supplement with organic kelp liquid fert. Sorry for the long question but you seem like you know what your doing and this is my first attempt at a raised bed! Thanks in advance!

  3. wouldnt that mesh prevent roots from growing down into the actual ground? Plants with long tap roots for instance?

  4. Cover the grass with several layers of newsprint in the fall or about a month before planting- it will decompose and be great for your garden.

  5. That's a very expensive way of making bed soil. The value of the veggies you'll get from that space will not compensate the money invested in the mix you bought.
    As an alternative, I would place directly over the grass, old cardboard boxes (flatten them out), on top of that put in local soil mixed with some cured manure or compost, if possible maybe some crushed eggshells and/or bonemeal. If you have some ash mix it in too. Plant what you want or need and then use your grass clippings or leaves as mulch.

  6. If you have issues with moles or such animals getting into the garden, then lay down a layer of chicken wire on top of the weed screen or cardboard box materials you line the raised bed with before adding your soil mixture.

  7. Jesus so much perlite. Are weed barriers really that effective or necessary? I mean do weeds really grow up through 8-14" of soil AND mulch…plus, doesn't it keep earthworms and other beneficial organisms from reaching the soil in your bed? Also, no compost? Really? Your mix is way off and way too expensive.

  8. At $83 per bag (3cuft) and you have 27cuft, how long would it take for the bed to pay for itself in vegetables?

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