Poor growth of garden - Knowledgebase Question

KATY, TX (Zone 8B)
Question by rstata
March 4, 2009
My plants are not growing and many are dying. I tested the soil with some testing kit available in home depot. soil turns out to be slightly alkaline and very low on nitrozen and phosporous. What should I do ?

Answer from NGA
March 4, 2009


The best way to address the issue is to amend your soil with organic matter such as compost, aged manure, shredded leaves or even peat moss. Adding organic matter will enrich the soil, loosen it, help it hold moisture and also help it drain well - all important for healthy plant growth. Begin by spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the garden bed and digging it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Plant as usual and then spread another 2-3 inches of organic matter over the bare soil and between the plants. This mulch covering will help suppress weeds, moderate soil temperatures and help slow evaporation. At the end of the gardening season dig this mulch into the soil. The following spring plant as usual and add more mulch (which you will dig into the soil again at the end of the season). Incorporating organic matter on an annual basis will help you build rich garden loam which will result in healthier and more productive plants. Best wishes with your garden!

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