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How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

Art flowers in the morning in an English park

Art flowers in the morning in an English park
 

How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

 

If you are working with a brand new garden (or one that has been left to it’s own devices and you are bringing it back under control), you can get it ready to plant during the autumn and winter before you are planning to plant in the spring. This gives the soil and other amendments time to settle and meld, giving you less work to do in the spring.

 

When you are preparing your soil, there are a few key elements to bare in mind that will assure you have the perfectly prepared flower bed for the spring planting season.

 

It is important to dig deep when refreshing your flower beds. Most plants are content with six to eight inches of good ground for their roots to grow in. If you are planning to grow substantial root crops like potatoes or carrots then you will need to dig deeper still, up to a foot or more.

 

Following this, add lots of organic matter! Try using compost, rotted manure, shredded leaves or a mixture. If your garden is already blessed with fertile, loamy soil, adding organic matter is less crucial, but most soils could do with the improvement. Mix it with the original soil about 50-50, or even more liberally if you deem it necessary.

 

There are many reason’s why your soil could need a little TLC before it is ready for planting. It could be quite acidic, very sandy or with a high quantity of clay. The good news is that organic matter will have a positive impact on whatever kind of soil you have. You will have to replenish the organic matter at the start of the growing season, or even more often than that.