Garden Soil Preparation – Using Fertilizers And Mulch To Improve Soil

This is part 2 of garden soil preparation. I kind of had home organic gardeners in mind
when I set this up, although I wasn’t trying to be everything to everyone, but it turns
out that it’s good for professionals too. Like, I did professional landscaping for 10
years before I knew most of this stuff and I sure wish I had known it earlier because
I would have done a lot of things differently. So, it ends up being pretty good for professionals
but I kind of had home gardeners in mind and I certainly do start with the basics in the
Academy. I get a little advanced on some stuff though,
and I do get into some science. I want to do the science so I can show you why we’re
doing what we’re doing. Really, I try to be really practical. Now here is a little bit of my lime. I talked
about how the lime has to come in. Now, I’m not going to use all of this, just a touch,
just to get a little bit of that calcium in there. And a little bit of rock dust here.
That’s good for now. And now I’m going to at least single dig
this in, with a fork. It’s so useful to have a fork. I have different kinds. This
one just happened to be close by. And I’m going to just single dig it in.
I think I’ll double dig it in when I turn the camera off. So I’ll do this all off
camera but I really want to incorporate that compost, that rock dust, that lime right into
the top at least 12 inches of the garden soil, probably deeper if I double dig. And then I’m going to come back around and
put a good edge on this again. And I’ll show you that when it’s done so we can go
to the final step, so I’ll be right back. So you can see I’ve incorporated my compost
and my fertilizers in here. And, when you’re done incorporating that stuff the soil should
go back to looking kind of drab compared to when you put that nice black compost on top
– it looks so beautiful and you’re like ‘oh I wish I could leave it on top.’ But really if you do a good job incorporating
it, it goes back to looking like the old garden soil because you want that compost to get
down in there. And you can see I’ve taken my spade here
and I’ve put an edge back on the bed, like this, gone along taken the soil back up. The
soil really gets fluffed up when you double dig for your garden soil preparation, really
builds up and it will slowly settle. And now my next step here, my final step and
the second organic matter component I was talking about is to mulch this. I love leaves for mulching, and I don’t
have any leaves because it’s not quite leaf falling time so the next best thing is straw
and it’s not the most beautiful mulch, but I’ve been using it this year as kind of
a temporary mulch because it really is beneficial. Especially nice to have in the vegetable garden
here and it kind of works there. Of course, in the Smiling Gardener Academy
I discuss all the different kinds of mulches and the benefits and disadvantages and all
that. And speaking of discuss, the one thing I love
about the Academy is that every lesson that we have in there, if you want to ask a question
about it there’s a place right below where you can ask a question. Or if someone else
has asked a question you can contribute. You can answer the question there. That’s why I’m pretty excited to hopefully
get some people in there who’ve done a little bit of organic gardening there to help out
and of course I will answer lots of questions in there, too. And, if you’ve ever emailed me before you
may have noticed that I probably emailed you back – I try to answer most emails – but I
can’t answer them in much detail because I’m pretty busy and I get a lot of emails
and I can’t answer them in much detail so you may have noticed it was kind of short. In the Academy you get more access to me,
I really answer your questions and I’m even hoping once this thing gets taking off that
I can get some of my really knowledgeable organic gardening friends, associates, people
I’ve taught with and worked with to help answer questions and really make it a vibrant
community in there. I’m even going to make it so you can upload
photos of your vegetable garden kind of before and after and during. When we’re all uploading photos and content
and asking and answering questions I l think it’s going to be a really amazing part of
the Academy because we’ll just have all this knowledge coming in there I think it’s
going to be really cool. So this mulching here, some people would do
it after they plant instead of during the garden soil preparation. I like to do it before
I plant and you can kind of figure out what works best for you but it can be difficult
to put mulch around existing plants, it’s kind of finicky. With this, you just plop it on and it’s
pretty easy to plant in there. So I’ll get all this looking nice now and then I’ll
go onto the next video.

3 thoughts on “Garden Soil Preparation – Using Fertilizers And Mulch To Improve Soil

  1. I've been adding compost, worm castings, azomite, fertilizer, and other good things for the soil into my raised beds. I dug it in how you did but my plants aren't growing. Do you have any advice for my situation?

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