The Q&A Archives: Not Putting any blooms on and dying

Question: This garden I just tilled up this year there has been nothing on it before and the grass and flower beds had not been cared for in about 15 or 20 years.Do we need to build the soil up?

Answer: If the soil has not been worked in years, it's probably in need of some amendments. You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the bed. You can use compost, aged manure, shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your veggies or flowers and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular garden. Hope you have a beautiful garden!

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