Soil preperation

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by ewbc, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. ewbc

    ewbc Member

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    I have just taken over three raised beds with poor soil quality. They are all three heavy clay soil and don't seem to have grown well in the past. Any suggestions on how to prep the soil for spring planting?
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    You really should start with a soil test, if there is a lab up there you can send a sample to.
     
  3. Branching Out

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    A soil test is a good idea. Dig a hole and note out how quickly water drains from the hole. Check out the tree insert from Surrey Now that was published a week or two ago. It has some drainage rates for reference.

    Most likely you will want to add organic material fairly regularly because it will decompose. Don't work your soil when it is wet-- and don't add sand; you will make a fine cement mixture if you do.

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