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How to Prepare Soil for a Garden
A healthy garden begins with healthy soil. Adding compost enriches soil and plants and makes for a bountiful harvest of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit. The best way to make your soil richer is to add compost at the beginning of each growing season.
Amend soil with organic product or compost labeled for vegetable garden use. Add 1-2” per hole when planting. If you are container gardening, use an organic soilless mix for vegetables.
A good rule of thumb is to add 1” of compost to your veggie beds each year. But don’t worry, you can never add too much compost to your garden.
How much will you need? The following sizes cover the square footage at 1” deep:
- 1 cubic foot bag — Covers 12 sq. ft.
- 1.5 cubic foot bag — Covers 18 sq. ft.
- 2 cubic foot bag — Covers 26.5 sq. ft.
- 3 cubic foot bag — Covers 36.5 sq. ft.
- Gently shake a shovelful of compost around the “drip” area of a plant, or where rain or moisture naturally drip from the plant’s leaves.
- Dress it and leave it. There is no need to work your side dressing into the soil.