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`V = D * W * L `

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The **Soil for a Box (Raised) Planter** calculator computes the soil volume of a rectangular box shaped raised planter.

**INSTRUCTIONS**: Choose units and enter the following:

- (
**L**) Length of Planter - (
**W**) Width of Planter - (
**D**) Depth of Soil

**Raised Planter Volume (V)**: The calculator returns the volume of the planter in cubic feet, which can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu. The calculator also returns the equivalent volume in number of standard size bags as follows:

- 1 cubic foot
- 1.25 cubic feet
- 2.5 cubic feet
- 8 quarts
- 32 quarts
- 64 quarts.

The soil for a box planter calculates the volume of a rectangular or box shaped planter. Enter the measurements of the planter: (l) length, (w) width and (d) depth of the interior of the box (see diagram), then this formula will provide the volume of the container. This answers the following questions:

- How much soil will my box planter hold?
- How much water will my box container hold?
- How much potting soil do I need?

If you do not intend to fill the container to the top, this formula will over estimate unless you use a depth (d) that matches your expected top surface inside the container. Unless it's a very large container, and/or you are only using a small portion of the container, the overage should be small.

**Potting Mix** is combination of organic materials (e.g., peat moss, aged bark and pumice) but no soil (dirt) that is used in lieu of potting soil to improve drainage. Because potting mix has no soil, it tends to be lighter than potting soil and provides a more sterile medium for plants with fewer disease carrying agents. Potting mix is most commonly recommended for plants in containers, and potting mix is particularly desirable for starting seeds.

**Garden Soil** is a gardening product sold that contains natural soil (dirt) comprised of mixture of loam, clay and sand. Garden soil is often used in raised gardens or planters as a healthy and easy medium for plants and seeds on top of the natural soil in one's yard. Garden Soil differs from Potting Mix in that garden soil contains real soil (dirt), where Potting Mix does not.

Always use local pricing for the most accurate cost! However, vCalc conducts a periodic pricing survey from nationally advertised retailers for various materials. The current **Garden Soil Price Survey** sample information for Garden Soil and Potting Mix is as follows:

**Date**: 10/14/22**Store**: Menards**Garden Soil (1 ft**: $5.26^{3})**Garden Soil (1.5 ft**: $5.78^{3})**Garden Soil (2 ft**$7.56^{3}):**Potting Mix (1.25 ft**$4.43^{3}):**Potting Mix (2.5 ft**$8.89^{3}):

The Pricing Data can be used the the Raised Planter calculator. Note, this information is propagated into several pages in vCalc.

- Volume of a Box Planter - Rectangular with vertical sides
- Volume of a Tapered Rectangular Box - Rectangular with tapered sides
- Volume of a Tapered Polygon Shaped Planter - Polygon base and top with any number (n) of even sides
- Volume of a Triangular Shaped Planter (with vertical sides).
- Volume of a Hexagon Shaped Planter
- Volume of a Octagon Shaped Planter
- Planting Soil Cost - Estimate of cost of soil.
- Water Requirement to Prepare Soil
- Greenhouse Calculator
- Mulching and Landscaping Fabric Calculator
- Conversions to Common Kitchen Units: This takes any volume measurement (you choose the units) and converts it into house-hold kitchen units. For example, 0.9 ft
^{3}turns into 6 Gallons, 2 Quarts, 1 Pints, 1.5 Cups, 3 Tablespoons and 1.54 teaspoons.