Best soil for a raised bed?

Cynthia Mueller cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:00:22 PDT
Mike, I always think that the inclusion of very small-sized gravel helps make a good soil mixture for bulbs. -Cynthia Mueller

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> On Jul 13, 2014, at 2:34 AM, "Michael Mace" <michaelcmace@gmail.com> wrote:
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> I'd like to ask for the wisdom of the list.
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> I'm building a raised bed this summer to hold surplus bulbs. It'll be
> contained by pressure treated lumber, about seven inches (18 cm) deep, 3'
> wide (1 m) and 25' long (8 m). It will have hardware cloth on the bottom,
> and will sit over native soil that has been solarized.
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> Since I'll be using it for surplus bulbs, I don't want to take the time and
> expense to do the pots-in-plunge media thing that many folks on the list use
> in beds. Instead, I'll just plant the bulbs directly into the bed, allowing
> them to mix gloriously over time. (Well, I hope it'll be glorious.)
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> My question to the list is, what sort of soil do you recommend that I use in
> the bed? The same as my potting medium, or something else? The problem with
> my usual potting mix is that it breaks down in a few years, and I want this
> bed to last.
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> The bulbs in the bed will be Moraeas, Glads, and a few other miscellaneous
> winter-growing things from South Africa and California.
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> Any advice on the soil (or anything else)?
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> Thanks,
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> Mike
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> San Jose, CA (zone 9, min temp 20F / -6C)
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