new plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kavitha21m
April 8, 2010
am planning to plant new flower plants in front yard.but when i plowed, its all clay.How do i plant now?

Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010


It's still a little too early in the season to plant but while you're waiting for the temperatures to warm up you can prepare your soil for planting. 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 your plants and 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. Hope you have a beautiful garden this year!

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