How to Make Soil for a Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden

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Making the proper soil for a raised-bed vegetable garden will help make sure your veggies grow as well as possible. Make soil for a raised-bed vegetable garden with help from the owner of a nursery in this free video clip.

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Hey there, gardening peeps. Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Bio-dynamic Nursery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California here today to talk to you about how to mix potting soil for a raised container. Mixing potting soil for a raised container could be as easy as buying a wonderful bag of potting soil that contains microorganisms and organic nutrients for supporting a wonderful living system in a container setting. What you want to look for is an aerated material and these little white specks are vermiculite and it both acts as a sponge to maintain and absorb a certain amount of water, but it also allows good drainage and an openness of material so that the roots can penetrate through this medium fairly easily. If you do buy a bag, you can buy the raw nutrients. There's also peat moss in here and about twenty percent regular soil. But to it I always add about twenty percent, twenty to thirty percent good sifted compost or organic matter. And I have my own worm bins and so I've sifted this material and I want to add this to the potting soil. The reason is is because it has a lot of wonderful base, organic bio-chemical nutrients that the plants need to do well as well as lots and lots of microbiological life forms in here in the way of beneficial microorganisms that are so important to plants being able to take up nutrients and defenses against pests and disease problems. The other thing I like to add is a combination of a blood meal, Azomite which is a nutrient based material that has a lot of mineral, minerals for the plants and bone meal, which is a good source of calcium. And I put about roughly six ounces or cup of each of those to a container at least this size. And you want to make sure that you mix this in. By the way the size of, the depth of this container is a good one. You're really looking at about twenty four inches of depth. Sixteen to twenty four inches is a good height to allow for a good root penetration. And I want to make sure that I'm integrating all this nice organic feed into the soil mix along with the compost. And then I take care to make sure that once I've integrated all of this, just give it a few more turns here, go down bring up soil as you go. And you want to make sure ultimately at the end, and it's OK if it's not a hundred percent distributed, that the roots and the plants are going to access this nutrient amendment that you're adding easily enough. So just try to make sure that it's spread out a bit and not all in one, in chunks. And then I want to leave the surface even so that everything I plant into this is going to get a homogenous kind of even treatment. OK. And then I've come up to just below the lip. This is also going to settle a little bit. But you want to make sure that you come up high enough so that the roots have good air circulation at their base as well. I'm Oscar Carmona from Healing Grounds Certified Bio-dynamic nursery. And I sure hope you found this video inspiring and informational as well. As I always say, remember feed the soil and let the plants feed you.


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