soil - Knowledgebase Question

glenview, Il
Question by nipaviga2003
October 22, 2009
my garden soil is not so good? how to improve fast.
Any idea about rabbit problem?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 2009


You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start this spring by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the bed. You can use compost, aged manure, 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 your plants and 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.

Rabbits are really difficult to deter. You can try using some of the nasty tasting repellants such as Ropel or Deer Away. Or, if you have valuable plants you can protect them with cylinders made from hardware cloth or chicken wire.

Best wishes with your garden!

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