Soil / Planting - Knowledgebase Question

Boca Raton, Fl
Question by snoopyone
July 3, 2010
We are in Palm Beach Cty., FL - what is best way to go about having our soil tested? It seems that no matter how much garden soil we add into our garden, it either does not last, or does not seem to benefit the plants. Please advise.


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Answer from NGA
July 3, 2010

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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 (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), 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 and then 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.

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