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?


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Answer from NGA
May 10, 2010

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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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