Good soil is the basis for successful and happy plants

The soil should not be too sandy as it will not retain moisture.

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Now that it’s colder, you might be spending less time in the garden. Just because you can’t get your hands dirty doesn’t mean you don’t have time to prepare for the coming spring and hone your gardening basics.

Soil is the basis of any good garden. The soil is the support of the root system. It should be a comfortable pair of shoes for the plant so that it can have a safe and comfortable place to grow and extend its roots. The ground should not be too sandy as it will not retain moisture and blow away in our winds from West Texas. But you are going in the opposite direction of dense, heavy clay soil and you get a lack of aeration and too much moisture. The ideal soil composition has a good mix of the two, the characteristics of a sandy loam. But we don’t live in a perfect world, so we have to work with what we’re given.

Composting is a great way to help structure your soil. This not only adds excellent structure to your soil, but also improves the nutrient content. You can also use raised beds with store-bought soil for an easier solution for growing your flowers and shrubs. If you are going to add compost, be sure to mix it as deeply as possible to make sure the root zone will be fertile. and ready to support new plants. You can use a tiller or shovel to mix the compost. The same goes for adding soil which is beneficial to mix with your existing soil. The mixing technique helps to avoid the dramatic difference between two different types of soil that can prevent root penetration.

Always remember to inspect your soil before planting your garden. Good soil is the basis for successful and happy plants. Good garden soil will crumble easily when forced through your fingers, and it shouldn’t crack or crust when dry. After a good inspection of your soil, choose the best options for improving your soil structure so that you can easily start a garden.

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