How do I keep my soil moist? - Knowledgebase Question

victorville, Ca
Question by amiracle
May 15, 2009
Ok I will be planting my garden of bulbs next week. How do I keep the soil moist in this hot windy desert? My putunia are dead my ice plants have died. I water and by mid day the soil is dry and hard. HELP my bulb garden be a secess plz!!!

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2009


There are two ways to help keep your soil moist. First, amend the planting bed with organic matter prior to planting. Use compost, shredded leaves, aged manure or whatever organic matter is locally available. Organic matter will help the soil hold moisture. Then, after you have finished planting, spread another 2-3 inches of organic matter over the bare soil. This mulch will help slow evaporation and will also suppress weeds. Best wishes with your garden.

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