Preparing Your Garden for Planting

Prepping your garden properly before planting will increase your success dramatically. Fall is the best time of year to add organic matter to your soil and work it in, but there are a few things to do in the spring that will help as well. Before planting, we apply Natural Guard Soil Activator (an organic soil amendment) to the whole garden, about 15-20 lbs. per 2000 square feet. Soil activator is a natural soil amendment that returns essential minerals and nutrients to your soil and stimulates beneficial soil microbes. It supercharges your soil.

It’s also a great time to add small amounts of soil amendment to your soil (1/2 to 1 inch maximum) in the spring such as composted manure or garden compost. We use Gardner & Bloom’s Soil Building Compost composed of forest humus, chicken manure, bat guano, worm castings, shale, and other great organic additives. Also, this is a good time to add a general purpose fertilizer like Ferti-lome Tomato and Vegetable Food. If you prefer an organic source of nutrients, use Natural Guard’s Organic Lawn and Garden Fertilizer. Till these into the soil as soon as it is workable. You’ll get better germination, quicker emergence, and a greatly increased yield. After your plants get growing, use a pre-emergent to stop weeds from taking over your garden. It saves so much work! We recommend American Weed & Grass Stopper or Concern Corn Gluten for a natural alternative. No joke, a pre-emergent will halt 80-90% of your weeds as they germinate!

For more information on preparing your garden, watch this short video of Mark explaining how to prep your soil for planting: http://youtu.be/NGWrqg4o6ak

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