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Planter Box Update

Last week, we showed you how to make an awesome (yes, we’ll toot our own horn) DIY Raised Planter Box. This weekend, we went out and planned (and planted) our urban garden. Here’s what we got:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Basil

Before planting our vegetables, Joey did his homework on what soil combination to use and how much and what type of soil our planter box would need.  He found the website gardners.com to be very helpful in determining how much soil to use with their calculator and the ratio of  topsoil, compost, potting soil, and fertilizer.  Here is what we used:

Here is how we mixed the soils together:

  1. Garden Soil (1 bag)
  2. Compost (Entire Bag)
  3. Lightly mix the two together
  4. Potting mix (entire bag)
  5. Lightly mix
  6. Sprinkle some fish fertilizer
  7. Remaining Garden Soil
  8. Sprinkle more fish fertilizer
  9. Water the soil until it starts to leak from the bottom
**We drilled a few hols in the bottom of the bed so the water could drain easier**

Unintentionally we waited a day of two before planting the vegetables and they seem to be taking to the soil well.  The goal of the soil composition above is to retain the nutrients and water so the plants have time to absorb them to grow big and fruitful! Fingers crossed that is works!!

As always, feel free to run any questions past us and let us know how it works for you.


 

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