Do You Need to Replace the Soil in Raised Beds

If gardening is your passion but you have limited space, raised bed gardening could be a great way to start. This type of gardening is ideal for growing small flowers and vegetables.

You do not need to replace the soil in raised garden beds. Amending the existing soil is typically sufficient to restore nutrients to allow for better plant growth.

The soil typically used for a raised bed is topsoil which is a loamy mixture of sand, silt, and clay and has the highest concentration of organic matter. For raised beds, 70% topsoil should be mixed with 30% compost.

Choosing the Right Soil for Your Raised Bed

There are ways to revive the garden bed. There is no need to completely replace the soil in a raised bed unless it is contaminated.

Does Garden Soil Get Old and Worn Out?

A soil test will help you find out which nutrients your soil is lacking so it will be easy for you to determine which soil amendment to use.

How to Know When to Amend the Soil