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Garden Soil

Since the earth in which you're planting will be the foundation for your project, you'll want to learn about garden soil.

Increasing Soil temperature is very important for plant growth. Raised beds allow you to easily obtain a more stable temperature by having deeper soil or by using rocks at the bottom of your beds which help keep the soil warmer on colder nights.

All of your growing soil is above the ground and this captures the heat from the sun during the day. When the cooler night draws in the sheer bulk of the soil will act as a thermal store helping the plants to stay warmer at night.

Different plants like different soil qualities, you can find out the specifics for each plant in our GrowUp Grow Planner. Planting plants in their optimum desired soil will make them much
happier plants.


Soil Type

Is the ground where you're starting a new garden clayey? If so, the poor drainage conditions characteristic of clay may spell disaster for your new plants. The situation can be corrected, but many beginning gardeners, lacking the necessary soil information, aren't even aware of the problem.Don't let clay get in the way of your plans to model a dream garden. IIf you find that the earth has too much clay in it, use amendments to improve your drainage.

Soil PH

Soil pH It is even more critical for beginning gardeners to access soil information regarding pH, i.e., how acidic or alkaline the ground is. That's because pH is invisible (only a test will reveal this tidbit of soil information). You could easily play around in the dirt your whole life and never realise that such a thing exists! But invisible or not, pH has a lot to say about whether or not your new garden will prosper.

Soil Amendments

The soil information we've offered so far may leave you with a sense of foreboding. It may seem that there's nothing but trouble lurking below the ground surface, just waiting to impede the growth of plants in your new garden. But here's the good news: You can use amendments to correct your problem whether that problem be too much clay or the wrong pH.

Leaf Mulch

Sold on the idea of using amendments? Then it's time to learn how to make optimal use of a source of organic matter that nature often supplies in droves: the leaves that fall from the trees in autumn. You know, those pesky leaves that you have to rake on crisp October days, when you'd much rather be out hiking in the woods? If you learn how to turn them into free amendments, you may begin to view those leaves as prized rather than pesky.