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Best Soil For Vegetable Garden 3

best soil for vegetable garden 3
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Testing and Fixing Your Soil It's best to test the soil before you begin planting a garden with vegetables. Check drainage by soaking the soil with a hose, waiting a day, then digging up a handful of soil. Squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, you'll probably want to add compost or organic matter to improve the drainage. Next, open your hand. If the soil hasn't formed a ball, or if the ball falls apart at the slightest touch, the soil is probably too sandy. (Add organic matter to improve sandy soil.) If the ball holds together even if you poke it fairly hard, you have too much clay in your soil. (Organic matter improves clay soil, too.) But if the ball breaks into crumbs when you poke it -- like a chocolate cake -- rejoice! Your soil is ideal. If your soil doesn't drain well, your best bet will probably be to install raised beds. Here's a hint: Build raised beds on existing lawn by lining the bottom of frames with several layers of newspaper, then filling with soil. That way, you don't have to dig! Get more information about raised beds. Learn more about amending your soil here.

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