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#76301 Jun 25th, 2007 at 06:46 PM
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Some of my flower beds are so hard. I don't know how I grow the things I do (Neither does my husband) with how hard the ground is. If I go to use a hoe to weed or loosen up some around plants, it's SO HARD! What can I do to improve this?


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Add lots of compost and old manure, it softens up the soil and adds nutrients as well.


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Just make sure your manure is at least 2 years old.. or it will burn your plants. I was told this by a girl who has a garden center near here.. they plant all their plants in manure and sand.. 50/50.. and they have amazing plants. I have not tried it, though I should... lord knows I have enough manure.. with 9 horses! lol

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To start the softening process without moving your plants you can add a shredded bark mulch to your beds around your plants. This will breakdown during the year and retain moisture both of which will help to soften your soil. Next year just gentle scratch it into the soil and you don't have to move your plants or anything. And then add more mulch next year. It will add nitrogen to the soil the second year which will help with green growth as well as soften the soil. Don't do this if anyone around you is a smoker. Shredded bark is really flammable.

For your annual beds you can definitely do as already suggested and add compost for nice soft soil that the plants really love.



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