little rocks in soil - Knowledgebase Question

north haledon, Ne
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Question by anandjh
March 20, 2010

i have a small are at my front door where i tried gardening last year. i was not satisfied with the result.

the soil is mixed with lots of little rocks (2

Answer from NGA
March 20, 2010
The best approach is to amend your soil with lots of organic matter and as rocks surface remove them from the bed. Small rocks won't bother the roots of the plants so don't worry too much about them. 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 (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), 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, then 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. Enjoy your new garden!

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