An ideal garden soil must be well drained, deep, loose, and fertile. It must have a neutral pH value, and must contain decayed organic matter. As the requirements of individual plants vary, you can make the necessary amendments before planting. With proper preparation, almost all types of soil can be made ideal for growing a garden.
How to Prepare Garden Soil
There are some plants that can tolerate a little bit of variation in the pH range. While most of the soil imperfections can be rectified by adding gypsum and compost; in some cases, you may need expert advice. If the methods suggested are not cost-effective, you may opt for raised bed gardening or container gardening.
Early spring is the best season for garden soil preparation. Once the soil becomes workable, test for imperfections, and gather the materials required for rectifying the same. The given tips will help you in this task.
- Start with tilling the soil at the site, where you plan to grow plants. If the area is too grassy, then make sure to remove the sod too.
- In case of highly acidic soil, you can add sulfur; and lime can increase the acidity.
- While peat moss can be added to hard clay soil, rocky soil has to be added with some top soil.
- Make sure to remove rocks, weeds, and grass, while tilling. You may also break big clumps of soil, but keep in mind that the soil need not be flour fine.