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How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

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Spring is upon us, and as the weather continues to improve, it is important to make sure that your garden is ready for all of the summer planting. In order to get the most out of your garden this spring, we have put together a series of pointers and tips to help you make the most of your soil.

When preparing your soil, bare these tips in mind:

Dig Deep. Most plants are content with 6 to 8 inches of soil for their roots to grow in. If you are planning on growing substantial root crops, for example carrots, then you will need to dig even deeper. For deep rooted plants be prepared to dig your soil up to a foot or more.

If you don’t have time to dig your garden that deep, then there are other methods that you can employ. The hilling method works well in most cases, especially vegetable gardens. This is where you mound up good soil around crops like potatoes, however this method does not excuse a shallow vegetable plot.

Don’t hold back when it comes to topping up your garden beds with organic matter. Compost, well rotted manure, shredded leaves, or a mixture of the above will encourage your garden to grow well. If your garden tends to be naturally fertile, then adding organic matter is less crucial, however most soils can stand the improvement. Mix the organic matter in with your current soil to a 50-50 ration, or even more liberally if necessary.

If your area is notoriously acidic, sandy, or just not great for plant growth, organic matter frequently saves the day. Ensure that you keep your garden properly irrigated (without breaking any hose pipe bans), as this will give your plants the best start for the season. Happy planting!