Garden Soil

Your garden soil is where it all begins. This page will show you how to make the best of it no matter what kind of soil problems you currently have.

It is important to realize that in order to grow healthy vegetables you first must have healthy soil. This is the foundation of your entire garden so you want to make it as strong as possible.

Very few areas have naturally fertile soil, so the only way to get it is to do it yourself. Here is my step by step guide. It will save you time, money and a lot of aggravation in the long run!


Fertile garden soil is the key

To be ensure your success at raising a bumper crop of nutrient rich vegetables, the first step is to build soil fertility.

My basic definition of soil fertility is “soil capable of sustaining plant life.”
Soil that is not fertile is nothing more than dirt! It will not yield much except for weeds and no amount of fertilizer is going to make a difference.

For those who are starting a garden for the first time or are making the transition to organic gardening I recommend getting a basic soil test. This is the only way for you to know what is in it and what you need.

These same principles hold true for flower gardens as well.

A soil test will reveal your current soil chemistry.
If your garden does not have a balanced soil chemistry your organic vegetables are going to be limited from the very beginning.

Being deficient in just one major element will limit production and increases the likelihood of disease and insect damage. So lets avoid that from the start.

A soil test provides you with a plan, a blueprint if you will, that will allow you determine what needs to be done. Without a test, everything that you do is a shot in the dark.

Unfortunately most soil test reports are designed for corporate farming practices. As such they will only provide recommendations on the amount of synthetic chemicals to use.

We don’t want to use any toxic chemicals because that totally defeats the whole concept of growing naturally. This has long been an obstacle for organic gardeners but not anymore!

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