I built some raised beds the other day. Now they needed to be filled.
The first thing I did was run the weed eater inside the bed to get the grass as short as possible. This picture also makes the construction of the raised a little more clear. You can see the overlapped corners and where I put in the timber screws.
Next, I put down a layer of cardboard. I really don't want weeds and grass growing up through the soil.
Then I threw in some rotten logs I found in the woods to do the hugelkultur thing.
- Half a bag of Azomite. I bought it at Fifth Season Gardening in Raleigh.
- 8 bags of cow manure compost
- 3 cu. ft. Peat Moss
- 4 cu. ft of garden soil
- Several wheelbarrow loads of leaf compost
I'm sure the next question is, "Why did you use so much stuff?" I first learned about gardening by reading All New Square Foot Gardening book. If I remember correctly, the soil composition recommended in that book was equal parts peat moss, compost, and vermiculite. Vermiculite is hard to find. I've found that if you want more than a few quarts of it, you need to special order it. I didn't want to go through that trouble.
So I used two types of compost, leaf and cow manure, along with peat moss. Why did I use ready made garden soil? It was on sale and was cheaper than the cow manure compost. I only used the Azomite because I already had it. Most of it went into one bed, so with any luck I'll be able to see if there's a difference between that bed and the ones without it.
Anyway, here's one bed that is nearly full. It could use a little more, but what's in there is probably sufficient.
Here's the other bed I was able fill.
I covered the bottoms of the remaining two beds with my leaf compost. I just wanted to get something in them. I have to pick up more garden soil to fill them the rest of the way.
I can hardly wait to get plants in there.