The soil at my new house is GOOD, but compact and high in clay content. To get it to grow anything, I tilled up about 4-5″, mixed in various sources of compost, biochar, and mycorrhizal fungi, and then topped it off with a few bags of high quality soil mix.

Beds can be about 30″-48″ wide in ground to account for workability. Make sure you water in well and lay down some mulch after planting.

This is one of the easier ways to get a garden started if you have the space for it, as you’re using your own native soil to form the bed, saving you money.

0:00 – Intro
0:58 – Troubleshoot Existing Soil
2:24 – Measuring the Bed
4:14 – Tilling Existing Soil
4:58 – Adding Compost
7:02 – Topping With More Soil
9:25 – Planting Thai Veggies
11:19 – Outro


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