Fertilizing raised garden beds

Asked March 9, 2019, 4:20 PM EST

I enjoy growing vegetables in raised garden beds by my home in Fennville. I'm wondering what might be some of the best ways to fertilize these 4 x 4 and 4 x 8 garden plots to keep them producing well. I'm considering bone meal or blood meal. What might you suggest?

Allegan County Michigan gardening horticulture soil and fertility issues vegetable gardening

3 Responses

I'm assuming these raised beds are used since you love to grow vegetables. Therefore, I'd recommend a soil test before adding amendments. Blood meal and bone meal are different; blood meal provides nitrogen and bone meal provides phosphorus. A soil test will determine what if anything needs to be added to the soil.

A link to the MSU Soil Testing site is located in the following article:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/planning_your_michigan_fresh_garden

Here's another link from MSU Smart Gardening describing soil needed for vegetable gardens:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/preparing_the_smart_vegetable_garden

Thank you Mary - looking forward to Spring getting here and working on the beds and garden.

Saw my first robin - that's a good sign! Enjoy!