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Preparing raised garden beds is thrilling. From concept to construction, it’s an exciting process. However, once created, you may feel stumped as to the main ingredient in a garden bed: soil. Running out of soil during the planting season is irritable to say the least. On the other hand, having too much precious-ly purchased soil is a different kind of nuisance. Enter the Emerson Wild Soil Calculator (or at least an easy formula) to help you ensure you have exactly what you need when it comes to soil. And if you need additional tips on preparing raised garden beds this year, read about it here!

Soil Calculator for Raised Garden Beds | Emerson Wild

Soil Calculator Steps:


Determine the total width of your raised bed in feet and we’ll call it ‘W’


Then, determine the total length of your raised bed in feet and we’ll call it ‘L’


Measure the total height of your raised bed in feet and we’ll call it ‘H’.

Julie’s Notes: Leave a few inches off of your total height measurement as you do not need your soil to be flush with the top of your bed. Moreover, prepare this measurement on the inside of your bed rather than the outside (especially if you remove any grass).


Finally, multiply all three together: ‘W’ x ‘L’ x ‘H’ to determine your total cubic feet needed for your raised beds. This soil calculator is prepared for cubic feet but is applicable to other units as well.

We hope our soil calculator is helpful for preparing your new garden!  For more reading on all things home, gardening and lifestyle, check out the The Wild Blog. P.s., we’d love to connect, if you don’t already, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest!

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