Success in gardening can never be possible without building and improving the soil in the garden. A great garden soil will lead to the best garden soils for great gardening. A great and improved soil will also reward the gardener the best crops that can be harvested and a trouble free gardening that does not deal too much on the common gardening problems such as weeds, pests, and diseases that always accompany crops once they are sown into the soil.

Here are Tips for The Best Garden Soils for Your Planters and Raised Garden Beds

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1. Buying topsoil is not 100 percent guaranteed  

If you are starting your garden and you do not have enough soil to use, buying top soil for your garden will be the solution. But even if the top soil that you bought from your supplier says that it already contains the necessary organic matters that the plants will need, it is still wise to feed your soil with additional organic matters of your own. Adding organic fertilizers and aged manure compost will make your soil become at par with the best soil that are being used in other successful gardens.

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2. Revitalize your soil annually

A garden soil when it is being used season after season will also gradually lose its nutrients if it is not taken care properly. So, revitalizing the soil yearly is an important step in making sure that the garden will always be successful year in and year out. Revitalizing the soil is easy. After a season of planting your favorite crops, all you need to do after you have finished your harvest is to plant some cover crops. Once your cover crops have grown, chop them down and till it together with your soil. In due time, the decaying chopped cover crops will add nutrients to the soil and it will also fix the nitrogen that serves as fertilizer for the crops that will be planted and grown into the soil.

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3. Soil should be light and crumbly

As in every gardening soil, it is best to do a soil test first before planting anything in the garden. If your soil is compacted and dense, the roots of your plants will struggle to get the needed nutrients that they need for the proper growth of the plants. If this is the case, the best and only solution is to lighten the soil in your garden. A simple way to lighten the soil is to add peas moss to your top soil. This is very easy to do and it is also cheap.

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4. You will never go wrong with compost

If you are not sure with your soil, the best thing to do to enrich it is to add matured compost. Two weeks before the start of planting season, add compost to your soil. Once you start planting, the compost would have already broken down, making your soil rich in nutrients. Compost is also a great way to recycle dead plants after harvest season is over.

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5. Use organic fertilizer

Do not be misled by the great packaging of chemical based fertilizers. Organically produced fertilizers are still the best fertilizers to use in making sure that the crops you have planted in your gardens are 100% safe with zero percent damage done to the soil in your garden. Organic fertilizers are also way cheaper compared to chemical based fertilizers. It is also easy to come by because organic fertilizers can be made by using anything organic that is in the garden.

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