Type and source of soil

Asked May 28, 2020, 5:57 PM EDT

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

1 Response

Hi- for the raised bed, consider filling it with a topsoil/compost blend from the Howard Co. Alpha Ridge Landfill:
https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Bureau-Of-Environmental-Services/Alpha-Ridge-Landfill/WoodWaste-Area
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.

Please read our web pages on these topics:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/add-organic-matter-your-soil
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/soil-fill-raised-beds
Jon

add not very good, you may want to