How to Improve Your Garden's Soil



Each spring, I plant a garden with the best of intentions. Some years, the garden is taken over by weeds and I can't keep up. Other years, I stay on top of it and enjoy the bounty.

During winter, I start my list of what I want to grow, gather my garden tools, and plan out my year of "the greatest garden ever." This year, after a rough 2014, I'm beginning with a plan to improve my soil.

When I first started "digging" into this topic, the answer for improving my soil wasn't simple. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, but there is a process you can follow.

Step 1: Study Your Soil

To start, you must first test your soil and understand what might be wrong. That was the advice given to me by, Ryan Geddes, a member of the Royal Botanical Gardens and a horticultural enthusiast. A simple home pH kit is all you need to find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline. Once you know your soil's pH, Geddes says, the proper adjustments can be made.

I found a wealth of information on the Clemson Extension website about adjusting your soil pH with natural substances, and got a better understanding why the pH of your soil matters. As Geddes points out, the pH of your soil will limit what type of plants can be grown. Each plant has an optimal soil pH range.

4/2/2015 3:50:20 PM

Excellent article, Sommer! I love how Safer Brand puts it in their free ebook "The key to success in gardening is buried beneath your beds."

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