How Do I Prepare Soil For Planting Flowers? - Knowledgebase Question

Sterling, VA
Question by egallup
January 31, 1998
This is my first attempt at growing a flower garden from scratch. I got my soil tested and it's mostly clay. How do I get the soil ready to plant flowers?


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Answer from NGA
January 31, 1998

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I am glad you asked! The best thing you can do to improve your soil's structure and to noursish your new flowers is to work in lots and lots of organic matter such as compost, leaf mould, or composted cow manure. If you can till it into the planting area, all the better. If you can't till it in, simply work it into the planting area with shovels and planting forks. Organic matter loosens clay soil, improves drainage, and gently feeds plant life. If your soil report made any suggestions on how to correct any soil problems you may have (deficiencies, too much of a nutrient, pH off, etc.) go ahead and follow the suggestions the report gave you on how to correct those problems. If you didn't receive any suggestions on how to correct any problems in the soil that exist, please feel free to tell us about them by posting another question on the website and we will try to help out.

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