Soil Health - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Dolores Negrete
Los Angeles, Ca
Question by cubone_91754
May 10, 2010
Our soil sux. Bad drainage in some parts, floods in other areas and the water runs off. What kinds of amendments or fertilizer can I add to the soil to best help my plants well-being?

Answer from NGA
May 10, 2010


You can always improve soils with the addition of organic matter. Use compost, peat moss, shredded leaves, aged manure or any other organic matter that's readily available. Spread 3-4 inches over the top of the planting bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Plant your plants and then cover over the bare soil between the plants with another 2-3 inches of organic matter. At the end of the growing season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer over the top. Do this on an annual basis and you'll end up with rich garden loam and your plants will thrive. Enjoy your garden!

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