Basic Gardening Tips : How to Create Good Growing Soil


All right once you have turned over all of
the sod in your garden, what you would want to do is come in and break off most of this
dirt. Some people I know will put this back in the bottom. But I don’t like to because
I am afraid I am going to just regrow the weeds or the grass that was there, so I will
put this in my compost pile. But now that we are here, you can see we’ve got some dirt
here but in order to make good growing soil and a good growing bed for your garden, you’ve
got to get down a good 12 to 18 inches. So what you are going to do is what you call
double digging. You are going to dig this hole, you are going to take all of the dirt
out of it, you are going to put the dirt to the side or in front of it and you are going
to do this all the way down the length of the bed that you’ve decided to create. Then
the best thing to do is come in with some good organic material. This is our own compost
that we make. You can see we’ve got a few roots left in it that we make out of our own
weeds, plants, whatever we have on hand as composted. I put a good amount of this in
it. This bed is going to be up above ground level by the time that I get it finished.
There is no reason for it to be sunk down into the ground. Once I put that compost in,
I can come back and mix back in my dirt and then, with my fork I would mix this up. By
the time I get finished, I will have a nice mounded bed of really good draining quality
soil that has a high organic content in it, draining being the operative word. If you
can pick up the dirt out of your hole that you’ve dug and squeeze it and it stays complete,
this is not too hard. This is fine. If it just stays like a big lump, like a lump of
clay, then you want to put some sand in it as well as organic matter because it will
not drain. This crumbles. You want it to be crumbly. It should be moist and crumbly. If
it is too dry, put in some peat and then peat moss, organic material, good dirt and you
are ready to go.

62 thoughts on “Basic Gardening Tips : How to Create Good Growing Soil

  1. I like this video. Great for beginners. It is short, straight to the point, and very descriptive for different soil types.

  2. I liked her. She was informative, straight to the point and matter of fact. I huff and puff when I'm working out in my garden too. This was more enjoyable and dynamic to me than the usual expert village videos

  3. Thanks I enjoyed this video. I put it on one of my garden sites and kinda wrote what you are saying.

    We had such a tough time getting the soil prepared for our first garden that I thought it would be nice for others to see the video and do the job right the first time. 🙂

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  6. for 1000 sq feet of garden apply 40 lbs of gypsum. along with the organic material. Gypsum will break down the clay.

  7. I can answer that question. NO. While the compost is warm and being broken down into microbes, it is too hot for the worms. The worms go in after the compost has worked. The processed compost should go into a seperate bin or location to be stored for use. This is the time worms can be added. The processed compost is now broken down small enough for worms to eat. do not add colored paper, citrus peels, onions, or greasy garbage to compost.

  8. Double digging is an unnecessary amount of labor. If you are starting a new ground bed, cover the soil with a thick layer of newspaper and/or cardboard, dump the compost on top. If you prep in the fall you can plant in the spring.

    Also DO NOT add sand to clay soil, ever. Clay and sand make what? Bricks.

  9. Pour soil ammender – super soil- orange bag, on top and turn it in with spade. Water, Done. Wait till spring, add seeds..learn more by visiting your local library- ask the old ladies..

  10. you non usa merda from le pecore in your garden? you should use… i use in mine and it worka better then lo Miracolo… and it's cento percento natural. as long as you non buye froma the store…

  11. "Use a 'good amount' of organic material like compost". What is a "good" amount?

    It seems like a 1/4 bucket was used on two or 3 scoops-worth of garden space. Based on that ratio, it seems like I would need a cubic yard of compost for a 10×4 garden…is that accurate?

  12. i have a raised bed and the dirt under it was like clay. i make the compost and throw it over the bad dirt and i noticed that the orange clay is changing into dark black dirt. since i live in warm climate, the dirt makes lots of worms that helps the dirt.

  13. technically speaking, sand doesn't "hold" moisture. But fine aggregate does reduce the capacity of the soil to drain.

  14. how bout trying NO-till.

    how bout building soil instead?

    simply get organic materials (from your neighbours) like food scraps, egg shells, newspapers, chicken bones….

    This will decompose (as it has done in nature for billions of years)

    Then you will have top soil.

    Get some chickens too, because they will aerate the soils as they look for worms. and ad valuable nutrients in their poops and also lay eggs for you….yum yum yum

    Then layer some cardboard on top and cover with wood chip

  15. She's correct i'm afraid. also the plants in the back are sunflower based.
    They passed there grow date and released there seeds. all they have left is to die to feed the new seeds its nutrients.

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  17. Creating good growing soil is very essential. But different plants need different kinds of soil as well, Which we must know before we create our garden soil. Thanks for the tips anyway! 

  18. Very helpfuuuul! Especially for someone like me who's never done anything like this before, and who would like to gain a really solid understanding of how to sustain a healthy garden :] Thank you so much!

  19. What about adding in lots of well decomposed compost and organic matter like grass and garden cuttings and then adding a bit of organic fertiliser before turning it back over. There's a lot more to starting a bed than just adding a bit of sand and some compost. But this is a good beginning.
    Thanks for sharing
    Scarlett

  20. No! Ypu dont have to dig! Stop digging! You are killing your soil and destroying the understructure nature has created. Nobody digs in the forest. Why should you?????

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