Soil for your planters and raised beds
Soil is not just soil.
When choosing soil for its high beds and plant boxes, it is important to choose a soil that is nutritious and has a good structure. A good soil should be able to hold on to water and air while allowing drainage so that the roots can thrive.
Which soil should you choose for your raised beds?
When planting edibles such as vegetables and lettuce in raised beds, it is important to choose a soil that is rich in nutrients, well-drained and free of toxins and pollution. A good raised bed soil for edible plants can be made by mixing different types of soil and adding organic matter such as compost or fertilizer.
You can also add other materials such as coconut fibers or perlite to improve drainage and air circulation in the soil. For example, a good soil mix for raised beds may consist of a mixture of garden soil, compost and sand or perlite. You can also buy special raised bed soil in garden centers that are composed for the purpose. These soils are often composed of different materials which give a good balance between nutrients, water and air.
It is important to avoid soil that is too heavy and clayey, as it can compact and impede drainage. You should not use too light soil that can dry out quickly and lose the nutrients.
It is also a good idea to examine the pH value of the soil and adjust it to the optimal level of the plants you want to grow. Most vegetables and salads thrive best in a soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5.
Finally, it may be a good idea to add fertilizer or other nutrients to the soil to make sure your plants get the necessary nutrients to grow and produce a good harvest. Natural fertilizers (e.g. raised bed mulch or compost) are often preferable, as they release nutrients slowly over time and help build soil health and fertility in the long term.
Which soil should you use in your planter box?
When planting flowers in plant boxes, it is important to choose a soil that is nutritious, well -drained and suitable for the specific type of flowers you want to grow. In general, however, it is a good idea to choose a soil that has an appropriate amount of organic matter and nutrients.
A good soil for flowers in planter boxes can be made by mixing garden soil with compost or fertilizer. You can also add other materials such as sand or perlite to improve drainage and air circulation in the soil.
It may also be a good idea to examine the pH value of the soil and adjust it to the optimal level of the flowers you want to grow. Some flowers thrive best in an acidic soil, while others prefer a more neutral or alkaline soil. You can find information about the optimal pH value for the flowers you want to grow by searching online or asking a gardener.
Finally, it may be a good idea to add fertilizer or other nutrients to the soil to make sure your flowers get the necessary nutrients to grow and bloom.
What is the difference between raised bed mulch and sphagnum?
Raised bed mulch is a soil mixture specially designed for use in raised beds. It is usually a mixture of different types of soil, organic matter and nutrients suitable for supporting plant growth and development in raised beds. Raised bed compost is often more nutritious than regular garden soil and is also more well-drained, which helps prevent flooding and root rot (rotting of plant roots).
Raised bed mulch and sphagnum are two different materials often used in gardening and plant breeding, and they have different characteristic.
Raised bed compost can also contain different types of additives that can help improve soil structure and pH levels.
In relation to raised beds, sphagnum can be used as part of the soil mix, but it is usually not sufficient by itself, as it does not contain enough nutrients to support the plants in the raised bed. Raised bed mulch, on the other hand, is specially formulated to provide plant material with the necessary nutrients and structure to thrive in raised beds.
We recommend buying soil and mulch from: Gruslevering.dk
Below you can find a quantity calculator, so you have an idea of how much soil should be used in your planters and raised beds.
Find their quantity calculator here: Quantity calculator.