Building Your Garden from the Ground Up: Basic Tips for Improving Garden Soil Quality
You’re dreaming of spring, eager to grow a gorgeous garden filled with fresh food and beautiful blooms. But before you sow your first seed or order perennials from your favorite nursery, take the time to dig deep into your soil. Understanding your soil’s fertility and improving its quality is the first step in creating a thriving, vibrant, and productive garden. Learning the ins and outs of soil prep may not seem as sexy as filling beds with fabulous flowers or delicious veggies, but understanding your soil—and its hidden secrets—will help you create a spectacular garden.
Great information. As a horticulturist, I find soils are not discussed often enough. Happy soil = happy plants
I would give this article 5 stars if the section “Garden Goal” was rewritten to suggest that loam is the ideal soil and not the “Goal Soil”. Changing a soil from sandy or clayey to loamy is a monumental task and shouldn’t be considered. For the most part, we work with what we have. The only amending that should take place is with the use of high-quality decomposed organic matter. Also, soils aren’t bad, non-ideal, sure, but not bad.