Judging by the heavy, clay soil and the copious amounts of debris here, this area of our property has never been gardened. Our first job is to improve the soil by adding rich, new garden soil and compost.
- Wheelbarrow or heavy, plastic tarp
- Gloves – I prefer leather gloves for this job
- Strong Back
- Soil Amendments (depending on your garden’s needs – new garden soil, compost, manure, sand, peat, etc.)
Here’s how to amend the soil:
Dig the first row about 12″ deep (or the depth of a shovel head), and place the soil in a wheel barrow, or on a heavy, plastic tarp. Pour the soil amendments down into the row.
As you dig the second row, shovel the soil from row two over row one and mix it in. You’ve just finished amending row one.
Now, pour soil amendments along your newly dug row two.
Row Three: Dig and place soil amendments over row two, mixing as you did before.
Rows 4 – Last: Repeat the above process until you reach the final garden row. Once you have added the amendments to the last row, pour the soil from row one on top and mix it in.
Rake the bed smooth and pick up any rocks or clumps of soil. Your garden is ready for planting!
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