It is easy to take your soil for granted. For the majority of us, we normally pick a plant, dig a hole, and assume it will grow with some water. This may work for the few that have already excellent soil, but again, the many of us left with a plant lacking optimum growth opportunity will need to take some additional steps.

First thing is first, what type of soil do you have? This may seem like a silly question but understanding your soil and what it is lacking — and not lacking is important. Learning all about your soil is as simple as a soil test. This will show you the nutrient levels, pH, texture, and absorption levels. Here is a link to a source on the steps for a soil text.

Now that you have more knowledge on your soil, we want to begin preparing it with what it needs. You want your soil to be it’s healthiest before planting. We recommend using the right organic fertilizer as well as other methods like composting. The organic route will improve your soil without using too many chemicals.

These final recommendations are for continued growth and optimization so your soil can begin preparing for a garden to be planted in it! Best ways to prepare your garden bed for planting are techniques such as double-digging for high performance, hand digging, rototilling, and mulching. Almost all beds of soil can benefit from mulching, keeping weeds at bay and increasing the retention of moisture.

So when you are looking to start your garden or even begin the process of planting, begin here! Follow these recommendations and see where your landscaping takes you, one garden at a time.