Topsoil for Veg Gardens
Planting a vegetable garden is a great way to save money on your grocery shopping and invest your time in a rewarding hobby at the same time.
It can be difficult to get the right balance between your soil and compost, which can depend on your type of terrain, intended crop, seasonal differences etc. Getting the topsoil in your veg garden right may take some time, but will ensure that your crop has the right kind of nutrients in the right amount to thrive.
A good topsoil to start with is one that is equal parts clay, silt and sand to ensure that is has good drainage and an adequate amount of nutrients. A good topsoil will have plenty of organic matter in there, such as worms, spiders, insects or even fungi.
This is a good test of a quality topsoil, and proves that there are plenty of nutrients and good stuff in the top soil that can be used by your seeds to thrive in your patch.
If you aren't happy with the quality of the organic matter in the top soil then you can add your own into the mixture by using compost. There are various kinds of compost such as mushroom and leaf mould which will add to the soil and make sure it is nutrient rich.
It may take a crop or two to find the right kind of topsoil for the veg you want to grow, but this is trial and error and you will be able to build up a knowledge of the optimum top soil and compost combinations for your patch - a perfect hobby to invest your time into.
Different vegetables prefer different kinds of topsoil in terms of acidity, nutrient content and quantity so you should always do your research into what kind of vegetables grow well together to avoid having failed crops and wasting your time.
For example a soil that has a high clay content or is very silt-rich may need to be altered to be more accommodating to vegetable growing. Sandy topsoil is good for growing most kinds of veg, but if you do not have a sandy soil then you will need to do some research into the kind of veg that will thrive in your topsoil type.
If you don't want to change the type of topsoil in your patch, you can always add a raised bed on top of it or elsewhere in your garden. Raised beds are a great way to provide a perfect environment for vegetables to grow in, as you can monitor the exact amount of loose topsoil and compost that is going into them. They are also easy to change, as they are easier to empty out and replace than it would be to replace your entire garden's topsoil.
You can buy topsoil from premium topsoil suppliers Topsoil Shop where we have an excellent range of organic topsoil or screened topsoil to choose from. Contact us today to place an order or if you have any questions. We also have a topsoil calculator which is ideal for working out precisely how much topsoil you need for your patch, which we will then deliver to you at your convenience.