Raised Garden Bed Soil Recipe

Soil recipe for raised garden beds

For your vegetables to grow strong and healthy you really need to start with your dirt.

Time and time again I see people at the checkouts of the local garden centre with a trolley full of the worst potting mix you can possibly buy and these beautiful plants that I know are headed for their untimely death. It’s likely that after they’ve wasted all this money on poor quality potting mix they will give up on gardening all together, which is the real waste.

Finding the right mix can be super confusing. And when it comes to filling a raised bed, you may be tempted to head to your local landscaping company, fork out $500 on good quality garden soil only to get the same results that you would have got if you purchased the cheap potting mix from your garden centre. I know I’ve been there, it took a good 6 months to fix that soil even though I was sold that it premium vegetable garden soil and ready to go.

There are many things that make a good soil for your vegetable patch and over the years I have developed a bit of a recipe for creating new beds and replenishing old ones. And you won’t have to wait 6 months to get it right (pic above is 6 weeks after planting).

My trick is many ingredients and layering these ingredients.

My raised bed soil recipe

I finish off the top with another layer of sugar cane mulch, aged manure and compost. Make sure it’s right up to the top as it settles it will drop.  I then water it in, let it sit for a week and then begin planting.

Do you have a go to recipe for your raised beds?


Soil recipe for a raised garden beds

11 thoughts on “Soil recipe for raised garden beds

  1. Katie I didn’t read anywhere in the article that said the recipe was “simple”. Good things don’t have to be simple. Sometimes they take time and complexity but are worth it in the end. Great article Nikki.

  2. Hi Nikki what would you recommend to top up older beds with? Ive got about 20cm to top up and the soil I originally used was not your mix but it’s not too bad.
    Thank you 😊

  3. I need your potting mix recipe. The potting mix we buy is terrible. Last one I bought looks as tho it has tiny bits of plastic in it. Thank you

  4. I’m in Perth. I have a problem with slaters eating my seedlings and even mature veggie plants? My raised beds are about five years old now in need of some top-up soil and nutrients. In the past I’ve tried so called aged cow, sheep etc from Bunnings and it seems to be full of slater eggs (what-ever). I’m reluctant to add mulch these days as it lets the slaters breed up to huge numbers as it provides a hiding place for them. when I look at night with a torch they’re everywhere. I’ve seen them up my snow peas munching away at new green shoots. Have you ever had to deal with them? They are definitely not the friend of the garden that some people claim they are.

    1. Yeah they can be pretty destructive to baby seedlings. Do you have chickens? Could you put them in the bed to give them a good turn over? Otherwise I tried orange halves (after they’ve been juiced cut side down) and just collected them first thing in the morning, usually the slaters hide up in there.

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