Best Soil For Rasied Garden Bed

Best Soil For Rasied Garden Bed

Watch as I show you what I do to get my raised garden beds ready for a new planting season. The soil mix is made up of locally made compost, worm castings, coconut coir and Azomite rock dust. The compost I use is a compost blend made by a local company called Western Organics 602-565-7045 Tell them you want the soil mixture that Greg from the Urban Farms uses.

— Coconut Coir

Top Three Things You Need In Your Soil
— Azomite Rock Dust
— Worm Castings
— Mycorrhizae

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  1. Rhyan Brandt on July 6, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    also in phoenix, whos got the best compost that i can snag

    Edit: just read your description! thanks man!

  2. Zoom Zoom Boom on July 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Well… Summer in Australia is kicking butts hard yet, here I am with my two teenage sons putting together their raised garden beds as an early Christmas present.

    They started raising seedlings two months ago in preparation for their Xmas presents but the recent bushfires and water restrictions meant the seedlings were suffering and we had to have Xmas a little early.

    I use both the Hugelkulter method and the method you demonstrated but with a slight variation.

    Here in Australia our local Bunnings – due to many government restrictions – don’t have that wide of a range with coconut coir, watering cans etc

    So we use small coconut coir blocks ( a lot more expensive when your buying 20+ blocks ), perlite, compost, worm castings, sugar cane mulch, and pea straw.

    The material differs for each bed as we have three small beds for the herbs, strawberries, kale, spinach etc, and three large Birdies beds for the tomatoes, cucumber, corn, zucchini etc

    Hopefully, if all goes well, we should have some great results in 3-4 months.

    PS: due to extreme heat we have also invested in shadecloth and thermal cloth for good protective measure.

    Thank you for your most welcome advice.

    Edit: I forgot to add due to the weather here we unfortunately lost a lot of seedlings. We have also started to plant marigolds, purslane, snapdragons, dianthus, etc to help attrack butterflies and lady beetles.

  3. WoodwardAcres on July 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    nice demonstration. how many raised beds do you have? do you maintain any taller beds?

  4. lindsey Loo on July 6, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Love your videos bc your accent reminds me of home lol you have to be cajun lol

  5. Les Matthews on July 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    What’s your soil pH?

  6. Michael De Luca on July 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Is the original soil that was in that bed the same mixture as what you just added? Or is it just compost?

  7. John Dough on July 6, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    What are the coconut core and rock dust for?

  8. petani profesiku on July 6, 2020 at 7:57 pm

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  9. Mark W on July 6, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Totally useless video.

  10. Gerald Gauthier on July 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm


  11. KBB on July 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    You don’t have to scrape top material off … check out Charles Dowing utube. He’ll tell you why it’s so good to leave it

  12. Blue Ocean on July 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Great video. Starting my raised be garden in Tucson, What’s your recommendation on box height above and below the ground? Subscribed!

  13. Just Living on July 6, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Hello and nice to meet you. I was searching information for my raised bed when I found your channel. This is my first year using the beds and need to learn more about soil. I subscribed to your channel and am glad I found you.

  14. Viola Simmons on July 6, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I used the soil from the local dollar tree and and I used miracle grow

  15. Raymond Palacios on July 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    What size lumber are you using?

  16. Graham Thomas on July 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    No dig been in England for many years Charles Dowding on YouTube been doing it all his life so your RIGHT thanks for your time 🐞 🐦👍👍👍

  17. Jeremy Argast on July 6, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Great video! The construction of your raised bed looks different. You have an extra 2X under? Very interested to know. Mahalo!

  18. Rob Markovitch on July 6, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Personally, I’d leave out the rock dust. Since you’re no till, you likely have the proper biology in your soil. The soil biology will extract all of the macro and micro nutrients in your soil and make them plant available. All soils on Earth have enough minerals for plants to grow. The key is having the soil biology to make those minerals plant available.

  19. James Dombroski on July 6, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I don’t know if you were eating something or do you need to stop that

  20. neuralcircuit on July 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Nice to-the-point content filled video. 5 minutes long 🙂

  21. Ken Brown on July 6, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    NICE VIDEO , THANKS !!!! Didn’t know a thing about that coconut filler , until NOW !!!! I’m watching YOUR video a second time !!!!

  22. Dragonious Maximus on July 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    thats about 50 bucks of worm castings in hawaii

  23. Trần Thị Duyên on July 6, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Ôi tuyệt vời quá

  24. hani badji on July 6, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Just wonderful, been searching for "garden soil vs potting soil" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Paylezobath Celebrated Process – (just google it )?

    It is a great one of a kind product for discovering how to incorporate amazing landscaping designs into your home without the hard work. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my cousin got cool success with it.

  25. Diem Nguyen on July 6, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Thanhs for sharing

  26. LeeAnne Hazel on July 6, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    What is the rock dust used for ?

  27. Soil Calculator on July 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Great information. For anyone looking to calculate their soil needs, use as it provides a simple tool for calculating for garden beds.

  28. Hundred Eyes on July 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I also like to use my bare hands in the soil!

  29. James Pitt on July 6, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    what is the benefit of each

    1, locally made compost = nutrients for the plants, plus in a way for your climate
    2, worm castings = ? (perfect plant food) , please explain.
    3, coconut coir = to retain moisture ?
    4. azomite rock dust = ? to allow water penetration like sand ?

    5, you didnt till the old soil, as you said research shows tilling can harm the locked nutrients in the soil from escaping.
    6, what removed the mulch, what is mulch,did you put that on top before the winter set in
    7. ps rain water is better then tap water (with clorine +contaminants etc, )

    im new so learning. thanks

  30. Sam Nikole on July 6, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Make the compost yourself for free from your own food scraps, leaves and paper you throw out using worms to do it for you???? Free local abundant.

  31. luke rogan on July 6, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Great video , but i thought potting soil is only to be put in containers and pots? Shouldnt you use garden soil?

  32. The Smokin’ Salmon on July 6, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Bus blend biodynamics

  33. Secret Hahaha on July 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Ur so sexy plz plz plant ur seeds on me lol

  34. Jace on July 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Hey, Nice Video!!! Question: Do you favor the… Stemulate Brand coco coir? Consistent quality really matters and saves in the long run. I’ve looked up several brands and find some problems people have -really want to avoid. Trying to keep garden a low stress relaxing place! Second question… thoughts on mushroom compost? We have it in bulk locally.

  35. A B on July 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    So I just gotta know since this is the first video I’ve watched of yours. What purpose does the rock dust serve?

  36. artranchero on July 6, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    What’s beneath the mulch?

  37. 대모달 on July 6, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    땅에 거름을 주고 섞어서 토질을 개량할 생각은 안하고, 멀쩡한 땅 놔두고 비료 , 상토를 돈주고 사서 채우니 저건 그냥 돈지랄이지….농사모르는 촌놈들이 돈지랄해서 작물 쪼끔 키우면서 뿌듯해하는거지..
    그냥 땅바닥흙을 갈아서 부숙비료 섞고 다시 갈아서 고랑파고 이랑 만들고 해서 작물 키우면 되지. 돈주고 나무 사서 베드 만들고, 그 베드에 전부 돈주고 산 비료, 상토로 채우니 저런 미련곰탱이들이 어딨나

  38. don cook on July 6, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Mother nature doesn’t run down to Lowe’s or anywhere else and buy soil amendments I’m not sure why you raked off the biology that took that whole growing season and winter to produce but that doesn’t seem to make much sense

  39. Igor Sidelkovsky on July 6, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    This is glorious, I been tryin to find out about "how to mix soil for vegetable garden" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Paylezobath Celebrated Process – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now )?

    It is a good one off guide for discovering how to incorporate amazing landscaping designs into your home minus the normal expense. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my neighbour got excellent results with it.

  40. Gary Shearer on July 6, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Is it ok to prepare the bottom layer of compost in the fall or should I wait until spring to put the it all? I’ve just built my first raised beds and wondering when I should fill. Thanks

  41. Nicholas Becker on July 6, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Nice video.

  42. Gary Barlow on July 6, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Way too much trouble! We just use top soil! Works great!!

  43. veronica belmontez on July 6, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Learned so much in this short video! My raised bed planter was put together yesterday, I’ve got all my plants ready now I can go and get all the right soils and castings with confidence. Thanks for making this video for us beginner gardeners

  44. Fla Gal on July 6, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I could listen to you all day. Very thorough. You love dirt/earth😁

  45. Sun Shine on July 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    What is that white dust that you put at last and what works for?? Thanks

  46. Jerry on July 6, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for this very interesting video. Regarding your comment about not tilling your soil, I think that by not tilling, you destroy many fewer earthworms which do a good job of aerating the soil and digesting the composted soil amendments. Just a thought. Last summer, my sister employed a landscape firm to completely rehab her garden including eight raised beds (4×8 each). The work should be completed early this spring. This video should be very helpful in preparing the soil for spring planting. Keep up the good work.

  47. Bantarangin Birdfarm Ponorogo on July 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I can hear Falk Cockatiel voice

  48. Reed Ackerman on July 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    People swear by rock dust, but I’ve seen a lot of people on YouTube do trials of with and without rock dust: the rock dust trial seemed to fail in both taste tests, yields, and plant health. I’m sure there are plenty of trials showing the opposite too.

  49. Raymond Palacios on July 6, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Great video. I’m getting 3 new raised beds ready for planting. I have access to Tanks Gardening Soil. I was thinking of using their Pro Planting Mix to fill beds and use the Coconut Coir as you suggested along with the worm castings and the rock dust. Am I missing anything? Any suggestions? I appreciate it.

  50. binh phuoc on July 6, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    What is the name of the yellow flower at the end of this video? Thank you.

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