Type and source of soil
Hi - 1. I have constructed a raised bed that needs about 10 cu ft soil. Intend to plant vegetables. Which and where should I get the soil from? How much should it cost? 2. I have also cleared out 15x5 ft in ground area and want to put good soil for vegetables. Which and where should I get the soil from? How much should it cost? I live in Clarksville. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
Howard County Maryland
Hi- for the raised bed, consider filling it with a topsoil/compost blend from the Howard Co. Alpha Ridge Landfill:
You can pick up a cubic yard (27 cu. ft.) for $25.
For the 5X15 ft. area- if the soil is decent- drains well, topsoil is intact- you could simply improve it by mixing 4 inches of compost into the top 8 inches of soil. Bagged Leafgro is $4-5 per 1.5 cu. ft. bag and compost from Howard Co. is $23/cu. yard (price listed on website). You would need about 1 cu. yard.
If the soil is poor, you could either add and mix in a deeper layer of compost or buy and spread the topsoil/compost mix.
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