If you are new to gardening and want a sure way to get it going the right way, here is a list of “must do” soil preparations to quick start your garden.
Building high energy, nutrient dense soil takes time. However, if your garden bed has never been grown in, you can still have success if you follow these tips.
- 1. Till or spade under the growth that is currently in the area you want for your garden
- 2. Obtain some compost from your city compost piles, from the store, or a local farm. Make sure it has been sitting around for a long time so it will not be too hot for your garden beds.
- 3. Spread the compost about 2″ deep. Turn it under again with a shovel or lightly till the existing soil with the compost.
- 4. Spread a soil amendment that is rich in trace minerals as well as macro-nutrients.
- 5. Spread 3 – 4″ of compost on top of that.
- 6. Plant.
Without getting into a lot of detail, whether you have clay soil or sandy soil, adding humus or compost to it is the best thing you can do. Although I am not a tiller, and don’t typically recommend tilling, new garden beds need to be turned over before they can be planted. Nutrient dense compost will provide most of the essential elements that the plants need to produce well. Additionally, compost will loosen clay and make sandy soils hold more water. AZOMITE or, or a product like that, will provide food and energy to the roots of the plant and to the communities of microbes living in the soil. IF you have healthy communities of microbes, they will provide to the plant all that the plant needs.
Compost is not always available. If that is your situation, Nano-Ag-Answer is like a shot of compost tea in the garden bed without all the years of composting. It serves as food for the microbes, the roots of new seedlings, and gives plants that are ready to produce an extra boost.
I use compost, AZOMITE, and Nano-Ag-Answer in my garden and enjoy sweet, delicious, and very large vegetables on a year round basis. You can do the same if you grow in a high-tunnel, follow the soil preparation tips, and replenish your soil every year.