Raised Beds

Success in gardening can never be possible without building and improving the soil in the garden. A great garden soil will lead to great gardening. A great and improved soil will also reward the gardener the best crops that can be harvested and a trouble free gardening that does not deal too much on the common gardening problems such as weeds, pests, and diseases that always accompany crops once they are sown into the soil.

Here are 6 Tips for That Perfect Soil for Your Planters and Raised Garden Beds


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1. Buying topsoil is not 100 percent guaranteed  

If you are starting your garden and you do not have enough soil to use, buying top soil for your garden will be the solution. But even if the top soil that you bought from your supplier says that it already contains the necessary organic matters that the plants will need, it is still wise to feed your soil with additional organic matters of your own. Adding organic fertilizers and aged manure compost will make your soil become at par with the best soil that are being used in other successful gardens.


There is no such thing as a perfect planting soil. Every soil, whatever type it may be has its positives and negatives about them. The best thing about soil is that it can be improved to become the best planting soil for any crops that will be grown in them. Clay soil for example, has some great features and if improved can be considered as one of the best planting soil that can be used. Treat it properly and you will not only have a garden to die for but it will also reward you with a bountiful harvest that every gardener can only dream of.

6 Tips for Improving Your Clay Soil


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1. Test your soil

An alkaline and acidic rich soil can hamper the proper growth of plants in the garden. Having too much alkaline and acid in the soil will limit the availability of soil nutrients to plants. So, testing your soil is important in determining if your clay soil is good for planting or if it needs treatment. You can check your soil yourself by using home test kit or you can let the nearest laboratory to do the soil testing for you. A pH of 6.3-6.8 is the acceptable range for a soil to be ideal for garden plants.