Did you know GreenTree has a special mix for raised beds that’s wallet friendly and saves work later? It’s a combination of coco coir, local Cayuga Compost and aged pine bark. These three ingredients create a mix that drains well with lots of room for the roots to grow. We usually make raised bed mix by order, in either 1-cubic-yard sacks or 1.5-cubic-foot bags.
Coco coir is a naturally wetting media with a stable particle size and will release nutrients over time as it slowly breaks down. Peat on the other hand needs a wetting agent to absorb water at all (it’s hydrophobic). The wetting agent will wear off over time and the peat will compact and cause nothing but trouble for your plant’s roots. Not to mention peat bogs store a massive amount of carbon, so when it is harvested it starts to break down and release that CO2 into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Not only does peat have a CO2 problem, but peat bogs are bio-diverse habitats and a valuable natural resource that renews only very slowly over the course of thousands of years. Coco coir is a by-product of the coconut industry so by using coco we are using a sustainable resource.
Topsoil has its own problems, as it tends to be heavy and prone to waterlogging. It can harbor weed seeds, causing more work later. Mixing compost and topsoil usually doesn’t result in a pH-balanced media, as topsoil tends to be alkaline, which is not conducive to nutrient uptake. GreenTree’s raised bed mix is pH-balanced between 6 and 7, which is ideal for plant growth and nutrient uptake for your plants.
Not sure what your soil needs? We do soil testing! We can send out a sample of your soil to be analyzed for organic matter content, pH, and nutrient content. We can help you understand how best to take a sample from your plot of land and help you interpret your results and make recommendations to bring you closer to your desired outcome for your soil. If your soil is lacking nutrients, we sell organic bulk fertilizers, amendments and nutrients from North Country Organics. We carry them in 50-pound bags but can break them down into smaller amounts to suit your needs. We also manufacture our own amendments including biochar and worm castings.
After getting the raised bed soil right, it’s worth considering if an irrigation system would be worth the putting together. GreenTree has what you need and the knowledge and experience to design a system that is specific to your requirements. Stay tuned for our next post about irrigation systems.