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What is the Best Soil for a Raised Vegetable Garden?

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

I get many questions about what the best soil is for a vegetable garden, especially about what the best soil is for vegetable gardens in raised beds. When it comes to garden soil, having a good quality soil to grow your vegetables in makes a world of difference.

The best soil for vegetable garden in raised bed for a Calgary vegetable garden in Zone 3 Canada.

Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening

One benefit of raised bed gardening is the ability to control the soil. If you struggle with poor soil quality, rocky soil or clay soil, raised bed gardening will give you a chance to improve your soil.

Other benefits of raised beds are that they don't get walked on, so your soil does not end up getting as compacted as in-ground gardens, and working in a raised bed is much less back breaking. You will be thankful for your raised bed when it comes time to weed your garden.

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The Best Soil for Raised Bed Gardens

I have found the best vegetable garden soil to be a mix of 1/3 topsoil, 1/3 compost and 1/3 peat moss (or coconut fiber). This mix gives you a well draining soil that also has the ability to retain moisture and is full of nutrients needed for your plants to grow.

The best soil for vegetable garden in raised bed:

1/3 Top Soil
1/3 Compost
1/3 Peat Moss or Coconut Fiber

Large bales of peat moss can usually be purchased for a good price at local hardware stores or garden centers. Good quality topsoil and compost can be a little more difficult to source. If you are filling large raised beds check out Burnco (In Alberta) as well as any similar local companies in your area