Re: Preparring perennial garden (soil)

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Posted by Newt on May 03, 2003 at 21:32:21:

In Reply to: Preparring perennial garden (soil) posted by Zelda on May 01, 2003 at 07:31:11:

: Hi, I'm brand new here and brand new to gardening. We just purchased a home in Colorado Springs and want to plant a perennial garden. We have the site ready for adding soil and plants. What kind of top soil (?) should I use. Do I till it in with the soil we have.
: Thanks for the help.
: Z.

Hi Zelda,

Congratulations on your new home! Since you already have soil, all you need to do is add 2" to 4" of compost. You can purchase it in bags or bulk. Just mix it in with a shovel. No need to till unless the soil is terribly hard packed and you want to plant veggies. You will only stir up weed seeds if you till. Here's some sites that should be helpful.

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/soil/
http://www.soilfoodweb.com/phpweb/
http://csf.colorado.edu/perma/no_till.html
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06220.htm
http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/SoilBiology/soil_biology_primer.htm

Good luck,
Newt

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