It is time to start thinking about soil preparation for the spring planting season! We know soils can be tricky and with so many options to choose from it’s hard to know what works best. Here are our recommendations for how to prepare soil for a vegetable garden and for a flower garden.

There are two ways you can go about starting a vegetable bed, the conventional method or the natural method. For the natural route, we recommend spreading 2-4” of a mixture of Garden Magic Topsoil, Garden Magic Compost and Manure and Peat Moss on top of the bed and rototilling it in. For a conventional route, we recommend adding 12-12-12 and pelletized gypsum to the mix as well to give your garden an extra kick. Both methods provide a good nutritional base for your vegetable garden. If you choose to grow vegetables in a container, we recommend using either Pro-mix Organic Vegetable & Herb Mix or Pro-mix All Purpose Mix and watering as needed. Fertilize every 3rd watering with a liquid fertilizer to help keep your plants thriving in confined spaces.

For flower garden beds, we recommend rototilling in 2-4” of Pro-mix Premium Garden Mix. It improves the quality of the bed soil by adding peat humus and compost. For container gardening our recommendations depend on what kind of waterer you tend to be. If you are a consistent waterer we recommend using either Pro-mix Premium All Purpose Mix or Miracle Gro Premium Mix. If, on the other hand, you are a forgetful waterer, we recommend using a moisture control potting mix such as Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix or Pro-mix Premium Potting Mix. As with vegetable gardening in containers, we recommend fertilizing flower container gardens every third watering to keeping them nourished in confined spaces.

Here at Hook’s we offer a variety of fertilizers and soils to get your garden off to a great start! Stop by the greenhouse today to check out our selection and to ask any further gardening questions.