This past weekend, I set about filling the new raised bed frames that I built late last year. Neither I nor the plants are ready to hit the dirt just yet, but I wanted to get this done now so that all of the elements within the beds have time to come together prior to the great migration.

photo: raised beds getting filled

This is my first attempt as utilizing raised beds for my plants, but I’m keeping the mindset they are essentially just really large pots and as such need soil that drains well. All of my amendments were purchased at a local Meadows Farms or Homedepot and each bed averaged under $200 for the initial fill. I’m hoping that with a solid base, subsequent years will just be a matter of topping off and rejuvenation. Here is what went into each frame:

  • 16 bags of Leafgro Soil Conditioner
  • 2 bags of Black Kow Manure
  • 3 bags of peat moss
photo: raised beds getting filled
photo: raised beds getting filled

I had thought about adding in some perlite for additional drainage, but decided to hold off for now and only employ that in case of emergency — check out how everything as settled prior to planting. Right now, the beds are super fluffy and light. So now, we just wait and keep and eye on everything over the next month. The plants are itching to get out of the three inch pots they’re currently sitting in.

photo: raised beds getting filled