How to Replenish Garden Soil for Planting Vegetables. Today is an exciting day, we’re going to get our hands dirty and prepare to replenish garden soil bed for planting vegetables. Now I know many of you are waiting for the weather to warm up and can’t wait to get your hands in the soil. Taking time to prepare your garden bed correctly for your vegetables is an essential step in growing a productive garden that produced a lot of veggies for you.
Today, we’re going to do it in three quick and simple steps.
By the end of this Article,
you’re going to know precisely how to get your garden bed ready for planting your spring garden for your growing veggies with me here on the spring gardens series. I hope things are growing along very well for you. And I also hope you’re encountering some challenges along the way. Because that’s what makes us better gardeners. You haven’t gotten started yet. No worries, it’s not too late to jump in. Growing your food is so much fun. And we’re going to do it here together in a quick, inexpensive, and straightforward way.
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So let’s get busy. So if you’re like me, I’m sure you’re itching to get your seedlings planted in the garden.
And you might be wondering, when can I start prepping my garden bed?
If you live in a cold winter climate, you can start as soon as the ground is thawed and can be worked with a shovel or a pitchfork. If you’re in a warm winter climate like I am here in Southern California, now is the perfect time to start. So what I’ve done to get ready is I’ve covered my garden bed with a piece of plastic to solarize and warm up the soil. Because warm weather veggies love to be planted in warm replenish garden soil. Now we’ve also had a lot of rain, so it serves a dual purpose. It’s also protected my replenish garden soil from getting waterlogged.
So we’re going to get this plastic off and start prepping the garden bed now.
The first step to prepping your garden bed first planting spring veggies is to loosen the replenish garden soil.
I’ve got some mulch and drip irrigation in here. So I’m going to remove those. And then we’re going to get in here with our Pitchfork and get our hands dirty.
I’ve added shredded leaves to my garden bed over the wintertime, which has added some tremendous organic material, but there’s quite a dense layer. So I’m just scraping it off. And that way, it doesn’t all get mixed into my soil when I loosen it with my Pitchfork.
I’ve got the majority of the shredded leaves pulled off the garden bed.
I still left a lot of little pieces in there because I’ll mix those. And that’ll add a lot of great organic matter to my replenish garden soil uses. So I’ve got some drip irrigation hoses in here. So if you don’t have drip irrigation, obviously you don’t have to worry about removing it. But I’m going to remove it here because we’re going to work for this garden bed and I don’t want to break any of my drip irrigation hoses.
So we will be covering how to install drip irrigation in a future article, so make sure you stay tuned for that.
And we are just going to peel these hoses back.
And then we are going to get busy.
Now what I’m going to do is get in here with my Pitchfork and start loosening up the top six to 12 inches of the how-to replenish garden soil simple, so that once I get my seedlings in here, the soil is nice and loose, and the roots can go down deep and grow into beautiful, sturdy plants. And while I’m listening to the soil, I’m also going to work on step number two, which is removing the weeds and the rocks because we don’t want my veggie seedlings to have any competition in here. So I’ve got an old tomato plant here.
I’m going to pull out I’ve cut a bunch of weeds back in here.
that I’m going to pull out
And we’re just going to keep doing this process until this veggie bed is lovely and loosened up.
Oh, it feels so good to get out here in the dirt.
I’m so excited to see a ton of tiny baby worms and big adult worms in my soil. That’s a perfect sign of healthy soil, and they’re breaking up my heavy clay replenish garden soil over the winter. So I put a couple of pieces of flagstone and bricks here along the edge of my garden bed so I can stand on those, and I don’t compact the refresh garden soil as I’m twisting and turning and loosening it up.
Just finishing up here with step one and step two loosening up the soil,
- and old plants.
Time to move on to Step Three, which is amending and adding nutrients back into your soil. Because I’ve been growing in the soil for quite a long time, it sucks the nutrients out of the soil. For example, I grew tomatoes in here last summer, and tomatoes are heavy feeders, and I need to add some new organic nutrients back into the soil so that my new veggies will grow beautiful and strong and healthy. I like to keep it simple by just adding two things.
Compost and worm castings. I’ve got my homemade compost at the top of the hill. I’m going to grab a bucket, and we’re going to add that back into the replenish garden soil.
Compost or black gold, as we gardeners like to call it, contains the nutrients that your plants need to grow you lots and lots of veggies. It also adds organic matter back into the soil helps your soil be cute and light and fluffy, which helps to retain moisture. Now I love to make my own here. You can also purchase it in bulk or buy it bagged at the garden center.
Making your compost is so easy.
It’s a great way to keep trash out of the landfill and also an excellent way to add powerful organic nutrients back into your garden for absolutely free. Now I’ve got my compost system set up here. If you don’t know how to compost, I’ll put a link on the screen so that you know how to get a compost system set up in your backyard. But here I’ve got my finished pin, and it’s been composting away in here all winter long.
Look at that beautiful black gold that you can see there’s still a lot of beautiful organic leaves that haven’t entirely broken down. But that is gorgeous black gold that’s going to feed my garden and grow me lots of veggies.
So we’re going to fill this bucket up and add this to my replenish your garden soil bed.
We are going to get ready. Oh, that’s smell so pleasant. It’s delicate and earthy, came back. Let’s add this to the replenish garden bed you ready?
Well, this is heavy. One good thing about gardening is you get a good workout and get in good shape. So I’m going to add about two to three inches of compost to my garden bed here. And you might notice that my compost is not completely broken down. You can see there are still pieces of leaves pieces of eggshells. It’s perfectly okay to add your garden bed like this. I don’t even bother sifting minds. That’s just one less trip for me to do. So I’m just going to spread it out here but my garden bed.
it’s going to add all that beautiful or Organic matter right back into the replenish garden soil, and it smells so so good.
The other organic nutrient I’m going to add to my garden soil today is worm castings that we all know how beneficial worms are for our garden soil. Worm castings are worm poop. They contain valuable minerals trace elements, natural growth hormones that help your veggies grow beautiful and strong and healthy. Now I’m using Burmester worm castings. Use these in my garden for over a year love how they help my plants grow, you can pick them [email protected]burmester.com use the promo code, Kelly Kim, to get a 10% discount.
And worm castings also contain beneficial bacteria and microbes that settle in around the roots of your plant and help protect it from pests and diseases. So I want these in my garden bed. Well, I’m just going to mix these into my soil here.
I was mixing my compost and mixing my worm castings by putting my Pitchfork into the soil and twisting it around. And when you look at that fertile soil, so friendly and black, and healthy-looking.
I can’t wait to get my veggies planted here And replenish your garden soil.
What a workout, but this is getting exciting. We’re getting closer and closer to the day when the veggies are going in the ground. And I know many of you are super excited to get to that day too. Thank you so much for growing along with me in the spring garden series. And if you haven’t got started yet, remember, it’s not too late to jump in. Head over.
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