Answer: Sounds you are on the right track. Now that all the debris is out, spread 4-5 inches of compost or other organic matter over the soil and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. This is the hardest part of garden preparation but it is the most important. Amending the soil with organic matter will loosen it, help it drain well yet hold just the right amount of moisture and the nutrients the organic matter releases will be wonderful for the roots of your new plants. Once you level the soil you are ready to plant. The most important consideration when choosing plants is to find those with the preference to sunshine exposure that your planting beds receive. You may want to make several visits to several garden centers to find plants which appeal to you. Perennials will last for several years; annuals will live only one growing season. Choose the plants that you like most and place them in the garden. Water deeply once or twice a week and watch your garden grow. Enjoy!
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