08 Aug HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM KELLOGG GARDEN ORGANICS RAISED BED & POTTING MIX
Kellogg Garden Organics Raised Bed & Potting Mix is slightly different than other soils. We use fine wood particles in the mix, which creates an incredible organic ecosystem below the surface that provide long-term, sustainable benefits for your soil and your plants. (Read “Why We choose Wood” and how it benefits your organic garden.). This formulation, mixed with a well-balanced organic fertilizer, results in a wonderful, crop-producing raised bed garden.
Conventional high peat-based soil mixes absorb water differently, so when using Kellogg Raised Bed & Garden mix, follow these guidelines to ensure the best results.’
Q. Can I use Kellogg Raised Bed & Potting Mix right out of the bag?
A. Yes, if you are using transplants (4″ containers or larger). If you are planting seeds or small plugs, we recommend replacing a bit of the Raised Bed & Potting Mix with some organic seed starter, which will hold extra moisture as seeds and plugs are getting established.
Q: Do I need to mix it with other native soils or planting mediums?
A: No, no mixing is necessary. However, it does require wetting the soil completely with water before adding transplants. Other conventional soils that have a high peat content absorb water differently. Watering only the top couple of inches will create a composting effect, because the moistened layer creates a barrier that causes the soil below to heat up — and that is great for a science project, but not so great for your plants! So, thoroughly wet the soil mix through the full depth of the bed before planting, and afterwards, regular watering is sufficient.
Q: Help! I used the Raised Bed & Potting Mix and all my plants died. What happened?
A: Barring any other issues, it’s likely the mix was not watered thoroughly enough in the beginning (see the Q & A above). The product needs to be soaked from the top surface down to the bottom before planting, and then your subsequent normal watering will keep the mix moist.
Q: How do I know if I’m watering deeply enough?
A: Before planting, wet the soil thoroughly… but not runny and muddy. If your raised bed is 18″ deep, then the full 18″ depth needs to be watered before planting. To test it, push a trowel or a sharp shooter shovel all the way to the bottom of your bed; if the soil at the bottom is moist, then you’re good to go. If not, continue watering until you achieve this result. Watering in this way helps to stabilize the moisture level in the soil mix.
Q: Should I fertilize?
A: Our Raised Bed & Potting Mix has a lot of helpful microbes, but fruits and vegetables will benefit from some added organic fertilizer like Kellogg Garden Organics Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer as you’re planting. The nitrogen, phosphorus & potassium (NPK) levels in our fertilizers will not “burn” plants — but they will jump start growth, especially with edibles, which tend to be heavy feeders and require additional fertilizer in order to produce. Reapply every 5-6 weeks, supplementing with a liquid fertilizer like our Kellogg Garden Organics Fish & Kelp Fertilizer every 2-3 weeks with your regular watering schedule.
Step-by-Step for Using Kellogg Garden Organics Raised Bed & Potting Mix:
1. Fill your raised garden bed with the appropriate amount of Raised Bed & Potting Mix.
2. Wet the soil mix completely in your raised bed with water, all the way to the bottom of the raised bed. You can do this while adding the soil to the raised bed or after your raised bed is filled.
3. Mix in a well-balanced organic granular fertilizer before planting.
4. Plant established transplants.
5. Scoop out a portion of the soil mix and put in your favorite organic seed starter mix if planting from seed.
6. Fertilize with a blended granular fertilizer every 5-6 weeks, supplementing with a well-balanced organic liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.
7. Continue to water adequately. Drip irrigation will be fine.