GARDENING FIRST BEGINS WITH THE SOIL
Genesis 1:11 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
There is two types of soil; “hard clay soil”, and then there is “soft rich soil”. If you have or are able to purchase rich soft soil you are have an advantage. If you don’t, no worries, just get ready to work!
Hard Clay Soil Rich Fertilized Soil
A Tiller breaks up the soil and mixes it. This makes the process a little easier! If you have one that’s wonderful, but if you don’t renting one is also an option (go to your local Hard Ware store in the gardening section).
On the other hand…… Remember I said, “Get ready to work”! The shovel which is your basic manual method is the cheap alternative. Basically you will till the ground with this, meaning break up and turn the soil until well mixed with your organic fertilizer (found at your local store in the gardening department) and added water as needed. You want soil to be moist not wet. Till the ground in a week’s time three to four times until your soil looks like the picture above (Rich Fertilized Soil).
Raised Beds are another alternative when space is limited. They are usually built with wood, or bricks. They are built to be above the ground, and are most commonly used as another method of planting without planting directly in the ground. Once your soil is in place now you can begin to plant.