PREPPING YOUR SOIL 

How do you want to grow your garden? You can plant in the ground, raised beds, and even pots! All are great options depending on the amount of space you have in your yard. If you are planting in the ground or using raised garden beds, you may want to lay down chicken wire before your soil to prevent large pests from digging underneath your garden.

Setup your
garden!

  • First: Scope out an area where you think your plants will have the most sun throughout the day.
  • Second: Decide how you want to grow your plants. Garden beds, pots, or directly in the ground are all great options for your seeds.
  • Third: Make sure you have access to a water source. You can use a watering can, hose, or drip system. This will make everyday water less of a hassle and will be a great reminder for you.

Tools you
might need!

You may not have all the supplies you need to setup your garden just yet, Here's a quick list for you incase you're new to gardening.

Shovel

An essential tool for anyone who wants to garden.

Fertilizer

Keep your plants happy and growing strong

Chicken Wire

Essential for keeping gophers away from your plants.

Prep your soil

Prepping your soil is a great step to start gardening. Plants love nutrients in their soil, and are easy to add into your garden.

  • For new gardens, use loamy soil that has good water retention. You can purchase an organic fertilizer to add into your soil for extra nutrients, or you can add in nutrients yourself! Cutting a banana into small pieces and adding it into your soil is a fun activity to give your plants an extra boost. If you have a compost pile already, add your compost mixture into your soil!
  • For planting in an older garden, clear out debris that is leftover from your previous growing season. Till and rotate your soil to break up the compacted dirt. Add compost and fertilizer to your soil to promote the health of your plants.

Hope you enjoyed learning how to prep your soil. We'll see you in the next lesson :)