Vegetable Gardens as Easy as 1-2-3

Vegetable Gardens are very popular and rewarding, but they can be tricky at times. SBS has compiled some helpful information along the way to help with installing or amending vegetable gardens. All garden soils and amendments produced by Soil Building Systems are 100% organic and safe for use in vegetable gardens.

Keys to Vegetable Garden Success

  • Minimum of 8 hours sun per day.
  • Consistent moisture on the surface and in the root zone.
  • Minimize moisture loss and moderate soil temperature through mulching.
  • Healthy, clean soil free of debris and trash.
  • Planting the right seeds and plants at the right time in the right place.
  • Local gardening sources and experts have indicated that vegetable gardens may need applications of a balanced (organic or synthetic) fertilizer from the point of installation, and occasionally, throughout the life of the garden, depending upon the gardener's expectations.

Vegetables gardens have historically been one of the more challenging crops with which to achieve success. In our experience of over 40 years, there are numerous variables to consider that can impact the growth of plants, and especially vegetables. As such, SBS is unable to warranty or guarantee the growth production of any plant material. However, with patience and a little know-how, most all perceived challenges will dissipate with time.

Click HERE to view images of vegetable garden experiences over the course of several years.

Let's Build A Veggie Garden!


Locate and Measure: Find the location appropriate for the types of crops you intend to grow, considering sun/shade as well as irrigation needs. You will need to find a location that gets a minimum of 8 hours of sun a day. Use the SBS Cubic Yard Calculator to the left to determine the quantity of material needed.



Determine the type of bed you wish to create (i.e. raised, in-ground, or replenishing an existing bed), and then choose the appropriate product.

Installing raised vegetable beds and boxes: Lightly till or work area at the bottom of the box or bed area. This will help drainage in the deepest sections. Next, backfill with one of the following:

  • Ready-to-Plant - A fully finished compost blend with great drainage and an excellent choice for seeding and transplanting.
  • Organic Grower's Mix - A unique blend of fully decomposed organic compost, lava sand, Texas Greensand, and a soil/sand mixture, all of which is specially formulated to create the ideal organic growing environment.
  • Veggie Mix - An extremely well draining soil mix designed for deep beds (over 2 feet deep). This particular soil mix may require the addition of subsequent nutrients depending upon rainfall and irrigation regiments.

In-ground gardens: Consider amending the soil with one of the following:

  • For sandy soils, add pH Balanced Compost or Professional Compost. Till into existing soil to achieve a maximum ratio of 50% compost (i.e. 1 part compost to 1 part existing soil).
  • For heavy-clay soils, mix 1 part Gumbo Buster® or Clay Slayer with 1 part native soil. When preparing a deep bed (8-12 inches), till in 3-4 inches of Gumbo Buster® or Clay Slayer

Amend existing beds: If you have an existing garden that has been previously prepared and planted, amend using the following technique:

  • Lightly mix in 1"-2" of pH Balanced Compost or Professional Compost as needed.



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