How to prepare your vegetable garden’s soil?
Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester48 guides
- Loosening soil
Properly preparing land for a successful vegetable garden
3 primary activites to reach this objective
Weeding: the first step in land preparation
The first approach is to form clumps with the help of a garden forks. The clumps are then progressively turned over, without breaking them up. In this way, the roots end up above the ground, in the air, while the stems and leaves are buried. Deprived of light, the weeds will die off.
The second technique is to cover them with a taurpalin cover or, better yet, a woven mulch ground cover. This last option has the advantage of being permeable all the while filtering the light, which results in the weeds' demise within a few weeks. Both approaches are considered very organic methods, although they are very often used for conventional soil preparation.
Improving soil with fertiliser
If the soil is too sandy, add compost, horse manure or potting soil. It's also important to remember that some crops such as carrots, spinach, broccoli or beans can prosper in sandy soil, provided they be watered regularly and supplemented with organic matter.
Plowing: operation prior to planting
For the best result, clods should be broken up once they have all been flipped over, by simply hitting with them with the edge of a tool, the back of a rake or a claw weeder.
A broadfork is designed for loosening the soil at a deep level, without upsetting the soil's organic composition, leaving the microfauna almost intact. It is used often used in the context of an organic vegetable garden. A broadfork is very easy to use, and has one major quality: it doesn't strain your back! The technique is simple: just exerce a downward pressure with your foot on it to push the teeth into the ground, pull back and lift it up. Shift over by a few inches and repeat!
Still need more information on creating the perfect outdoor space and maintaining it? Follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:
- How to lay out your vegetable garden?
- How to weed your garden?
- How to weed in a natural way, without chemicals?
- How to choose your weeding tools?
- How to choose your weed killer?
- How to choose your tools for loosening soil?
- How to choose your tiller and cultivator?
- How to choose your cultivator?
- How to choose your lawn mower?
- How to make your own compost?
- How to choose your compost?
- How to choose your fertiliser?
- How to choose your mulch?
- How to choose your crop sprayer?
- How to choose your watering can or sprinkler?
- How to choose a taurpalin cover?
- How to choose your watering can and sprinkler?
Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester 48 guides écrits
In fact, as a trainee and working in the hospitality industry at the beginning of my career, I focused on landscaping in a local community where I acquired solid technical skills through in-house training and the follow-up of major projects in a rapidly changing town.
On a personal level, I am equally oriented towards the art of gardening. With my wife, I created our garden from start to finish and I maintain it carefully, the same goes for the vegetable garden. As for DIYing, it’s not to be outdone. Yes, gardening is also tinkering: pergola, hut, pavement, fence, and so on...There is always something to do in a garden.
After working well together, my wife and I are proud of the result and delighted to be able to take full advantage of a friendly and warm environment. So, let us give you advice and help you in your choice of tools, maintenance, or improvement of your garden, nothing could be simpler.
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