Can I have my raised bed garden 20 feet long and 6 feet wide? Can I raise it about 20 inches with woodchips with 6 to 8 inches of soil on the woodchi...
Raised Bed Vegetable Garden #817011
Asked November 29, 2022, 7:27 AM EST
Can I have my raised bed garden 20 feet long and 6 feet wide? Can I raise it about 20 inches with woodchips with 6 to 8 inches of soil on the woodchips? What should be the recipe for the soil? Thanks.
The answer depends on what you want to grow in this bed ? If it's flowers or shrubs your plan sounds fine. If you want to grow vegetables you might want to make it narrower so it's easier to weed and harvest from. It's not a good idea to use wood chips in a vegetable garden. They will use up lots of nitrogen to break down, resulting in smaller, weaker vegetables because they didn't get enough nitrogen.
Wood chips are for woody plants like shrubs and trees. Again, make sure the width allows you to comfortably maintain the bed. I hope this helps.
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