how prepare the soil. on a budget - Knowledgebase Question

groton, Ne
Question by lpearce72
May 4, 2010
planning my first garden/planting..live upstae new york..what is best way to prepare the soil for perennial flowering plants..ones that will be wide and taller..getting thicker/fuller year after year..not very strong physically..want a smaller budget and less labor conscious plan

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Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010

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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 perennials 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. Enjoy!

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