How To Prepare Your Soil For A Vegetable Garden

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Spring is upon us, and making sure your soil is ready for your vegetable garden is very important! The right soil is one of the major things about having a great garden. It can’t be too acidic, or have too much clay. It also has to be fertile enough so it feeds your plants. So, here are a few ways to prepare your vegetable garden soil.

Loosen the Soil Up

After a good long rain, soil tends to be packed down. You want your soil to be firm, but not so hard packed your plants won’t be able to sprout. So start to loosen up your soil as soon as the spring thaw has started to set in. This will make it easier for your plants to take root. It will also make it easier for water to drain. Loosen up the soil about least three to six inches deep. It may be hard to do at first, but it will pay off when your plants are able to grow without having to struggle to spread their roots.

Add in your Compost Early

One thing you’re going to want to do is to spread your compost over the soil early. This can be from a type of compost “tea” from grass clippings, dead weeds, and even eggshells. Spread the compost out over the top of the garden bed a few days before planting. This will make sure the plants have nutrients to help them grown, and make sure your soil is rich enough for them. You can even add the compost in when you’re loosening the soil up. This way everything is mixed in early for your plants.

Get a Head Start on Pest Prevention Early

Be sure to get started on pest prevention at least two weeks before you plan to start your vegetable garden. It’s not foolproof, but it will add an extra bit of protecting to your garden. Sprinkle some coffee grounds over the top of the soil to drive away the slugs. Make sure any plants you have that naturally repel animals are already starting to grow. Also, take this chance to add worms to your soil or any other helpful buggies for your plants. This will give the helpful bugs a chance to get settled in, and further prepare the soil for your plants.

Getting a head start on the soil will pay off in the long run for your plants. When your plants take root, you can’t exactly dig up the soil without risking injury to your plants. The hard work you do now will pay off later down the road. Also, be sure to do preventative maintenance for your plants throughout the season to make sure they continue to stay healthy. You don’t want your plants to get sick from a pest infestation that sneaks up on them.

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