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Soil for Raised Bed Gardening | GET GROWING!

You put in a lot of effort to build a raised bed for those summer vegetables. This will keep them right at your fingertips and close to the dinner table. So, let’s put good soil in that container to help those plants grow strong. Not all soil is created equal. Use rich potting soil for the container. Don’t just dig up soil from the back yard. Save your eggshells and use them as biodegradable planting pots. They are the perfect size to fill and use to sprout your seeds. Crack your eggs in half and rinse out the shell. Keep them in a safe place until you are ready to get your production line going. Fill each with sterilized potting soil and your seeds will happily grow there. Once they are big enough to move outside, you just pop the eggshell and seeding right in the ground. You can also fold small boxes out of newspaper for seed pots that will break down once they are planted in the soil in your garden without disturbing the fragile new roots. BOTTOM FEEDERS Once your seeds start to grow, they will get all of their food and water from the soil. Letting the plants soak up what they need from the bottom up is the most efficient way to keep them moist. You can build a self-watering system that will make your job a lot easier. Start with a shallow plastic pan that is about two inches deep. Cut a piece of Styrofoam or large sponge to fit in the pan with about an inch of clearance on all sides of the pan. The foam shouldn’t be any thicker than the depth of the pan. To help the water wick up to the plants, cover it with a piece of felt that stretches across the entire top of the foam. Make it long enough to have the felt touch the bottom of the pan on one side. Once you have your watering mat ready, you can get the top felt pad wet, then add water to the pan. Make sure one end of the felt is soaking in the water. This is the key transportation to have the water move up to the plantlets. Set the small seedlings on the pad. Make sure they have an absorbent bottom to soak up the amount of water they will need. Subscribe to WTOL11: https://bit.ly/32odAkM Connect with us on social media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wtol11/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTOL11Toledo Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wtol11toledo/

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