Measuring and planning a garden bed

March 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

When measuring out your garden bed, it is important to know how much you need to dig, and how much triple mix you will  need to put in.

In difficult clay soil, it is recommended to dig down up to 2 feet. In areas where the garden bed may be raised, the depth may not need to go as deep.

Let’s say we want to create a simple rectangular garden bed measuring 10 feet long by 5 feet wide.

Working on a depth of 12 inches to dig out, we would figure out our “area”, and how many yards we will need to calculate for this:

To get the area we would take the area in feet: length x width = AREA

10 x 5 = 50 square feet.

To figure out our soil quantitiy:

50 x12/12/27 =1.85 yards to be removed, and 1.85 cubic yards to fill in with fresh triple mix.

This calculation will be a resource as to what size bin you may need to order, and how much soil you will need to order.

I would recommend ordering 2 yards of triple mix in this case, as most gardens do best raised, and the soil will fall.

Standard calculation: length x width x depth(inches)/12/27 = cubic yards

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