Poor Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Lehi, UT
Question by sizorwizrd
February 1, 1998
We have soil that has not been fertilized, and we have not had much luck in growing a garden. We get little to no plant to grow and little to no vegatation. We have tried to fertilized but are having no luck.


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Answer from NGA
February 1, 1998

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You might first want to have your soil tested so your know what you're working with. A pH of 6.0 to 7.5 will be a good range for vegetables. Before planting this spring, try working 4-6 inches of compost, aged manure, leaf mold, or other organic matter into the soil, to a depth of about 12 inches. This will help your soil retain moisture and nutrients, and will also improve the tilth, or structure of your soil. Plant your veggies in the sunniest spot in your yard and be sure to apply one-inch of water to the garden every week. It may take a couple of years to produce good garden soil, but once you have it, and if you continue to improve it each year, you'll have perfect soil for a veggie garden.

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