How To Prepare Soil For A Vegetable Garden

How To Prepare Soil For A Vegetable Garden
Proper soil preparation when growing vegetables is the key to successful and bountiful harvest but if you neglect to do this, it can greatly hinder the cultivation of demanding plants. The ideal soil for growing vegetables should be neither too light nor too compacted, it should be crumbly and have a balanced texture. Airy and... 
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To Use Or Not To Use: Wood Ash As A Soil Amendment

To Use Or Not To Use: Wood Ash As A Soil Amendment
Wood ash can pile up during a cold winter and it would be nice to have a practical use for it. But gardeners have been given mixed signals about using wood ash on their garden soil. Is it safe to use wood ash in the garden? Is wood ash good for garden soil? The answer... 
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How To Test Garden Soil Structure Yourself

How To Test Garden Soil Structure Yourself
Check your soil’s texture, to determine if you have predominantly sand, clay, or silt and what you will need to add to get to the ideal sandy loam. You’ll need a small shovel or trowel, a glass jar with straight sides and a tight cover, 1 tbsp. dish detergent, soil sample (about 1 cup), water.... 
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5 Simple Steps To Improve Clay Soils

5 Simple Steps To Improve Clay Soils
Most of us are not blessed with a choice of soil. Whether your soil has more or less clay, you can keep at it over the years, adding organic matter and treating the soil structure right, you can get the better of clay soils and enjoy a productive kitchen garden. What are the ways? Testing... 
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