Answer: Sounds like your soil needs a healthy dose of organic matter to help loosen it up a bit. Begin by spreading 4-6 inches of compost, leaf mold, aged manure or peat moss over the surface of the garden and then dig it in to a depth of at least 8 inches. Organic matter will loosen the soil, release nutrients to the roots of the plants and help the soil retain moisture. Once your seedlings are up and growing, mulch around them with additional organic matter to suppress weeds. At the end of the season pull the old plants up and dig the mulch material into the soil. After a few years of adding organic matter your garden bed will be enriched and the envy of your gardening friends!
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