Soil Preparation in a Garden

If your desire is to create a beautiful flower garden or even a vegetable patch that will delight all comers in the fall, it’s important to do a little work before the first seeds hit the ground. Planning out the garden and making sure the soil is ready to lend itself to the growing effort are keys to the process.

Before planting anything, figure out the space in which you intend to grow. Plot it out with stakes if it’s not an already established bed. Now, consider that space and what is likely to grow well in it based on lighting, availability of water and so on.

Once you have your plants picked, it’s time to prepare the soil. This can make or break a garden – whether it’s for flowers, vegetables or even tree saplings. Soil prep is everything for the health of your plants.

To prepare the soil, first read up on the kinds of plants you intend to grow. Some plants will require heavily fertilized soil, but others might require something else added to the mix.

Once you know what kind of materials you may have to add to your growing soil, it’s time to prepare the beds or rows. What you go with will likely depend on the space you have and the kinds of plants you’d like to grow, but either way, do these things:

* Dig up the bed to loosen soil and prepare it for growing.
* Remove all rocks and weeds. These will get in the way later, so this is a very good time to make sure they’re gone.
* Add any nutrients that might be necessary for good growing. If your soil is particularly poor and your intent is to grow in a shallow bed, consider replacing the soil entirely.
* Make sure what you’re planting matches available light. Some plants need a ton of light to grow while others thrive in shady conditions. Make sure your bed or rows get the right amount of light for what you’d like to grow. If they don’t, consider alterations you can make to either the area or the plants you’ve picked out.
* Build up the soil for drainage. Try to bring the planting mounds up about 12 inches for improved drainage later.

A little bit of work on the front end before plants go in the ground can make a real difference in the outcome of the plantings. Take a little time to get things ready, and you should be happy with the outcome.