How to Add Soil to Raised Beds


Raised garden beds are beneficial for any gardener who wants to conserve space or those with physical disabilities which make it difficult to bend over and tend to a traditional garden. Another benefit of a raised garden is that you are in control of the quality of the soil since you have to fill the bed. In order to get the most out of your raised garden bed, there are a few important guidelines you should follow when you add soil.

Step 1

Shovel 2 inches of soil into the bottom of the garden bed with a shovel. Use a hoe to mix the new soil with the top 2 inches of the soil beneath it. Since the new soil is likely different than the original soil in your yard, it can cause problems with the roots of the plants. A gradual change between the two soils is much better than an abrupt change.

Step 2

Add 1 inch of compost or manure to the garden and spread it out into an even layer.

Step 3

Add 2 inches of soil to the top of the compost and spread it out. Mix the soil and compost together with a hoe until they are thoroughly mixed.

Step 4

Continue to add 1 inch of compost and 2 inches of soil followed by a thorough mixing. Repeat this until you reach the top of the bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden rake


  • Raised Garden Beds
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