The Q&A Archives: fern soil

Question: What should I add to the soil for making a fern bed in adobe soil?

Answer: Ferns grow best in rich, humusy, moist soils. Start by digging the entire planting bed and then spreading 4-5" of organic matter over the top (use peat moss, shredded leaves, compost, etc. as organic matter). After spreading, dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Smooth the soil out, plant your ferns, then topdress with an additional few inches of organic matter. This mulch material will help suppresss weeds, slow evaporation and keep your ferns happy and healthy.


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