Soil for Large Planter Box

botanicatJuly 30, 2012

At my mom's nursing home, large elevated planter boxes probably 5 or 6 feet long, 1 foot wide, and 2 feet deep have been installed for the residents to plant veggies in. What soil would be best for this, a garden soil or potting soil? And is there a brand to look for that is better? I'm assuming with a box this large you wouldn't be changing the soil out every year. Any suggestions for this would be appreciated. Thanks.

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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I have to say, that is a very very narrow space for planting many summer vegetables!
For the most part, you will not have to change out soil however, it would be great if they would start composting on site to use for "bolstering" the soil as repeated use of same soil for certain crops year after year isn't recommended (tomatoes eg).
You should use a garden soil, and if you can get a pickup truck to get it, Luxury Landscapes in Lawrenceville has good quality garden soil, and I think a pickup truck load will do you well.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:17AM
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rosiew(8 GA)

botanicat, suggest you also pose this question on the Soils forum. Lots of experience there. It should be well worth you time.

Trellising is probably in order here also.

HTH, Rosie

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:42PM
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Thanks for the replies. After looking again at the boxes, I would say they are wider than 12", maybe 16-18." That should help some. And they have added bagged garden soil. So now we just have to find some fall growing veggies to plant.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 10:58AM
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