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Old 03-22-09, 12:54 PM
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I am planning on starting my first real garden this spring. I plan to plant tomatoes and other various veg. What is the best soil to use for a garden?
 
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Old 03-22-09, 02:58 PM
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Hi Dcjame,

Most likely what you already have. You don't say where you live and what type of soil you already have, but the best thing you can do for your plants is to add lots of organic matter. One of the best ways to do that is to add lots of compost. You can purchase it in bags or in bulk, depending on how much you need. If you bring in topsoil you run the risk of bringing in weed seeds. Compost heats up as it decomposes which kills most weed seeds. Without knowing anything aout your soil and location, I normally recommend a 4" layer that you mix into the existing soil after you remove the weeds. If you feed the soil with organics, you feed the plants that grow there. Here's a compost calculator.
http://www.cedar-grove.com/compost_calculator.asp

This Univ of California site talks about amending the soil.
http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/fileli...1359/36630.pdf

This one talks about the ten first steps and stresses the importance of the soil.
http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/gard...s/10steps.html

You may find these garden guides helpful too. You don't say where you live, so one is from Georgia and one from Illinois.
http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/b1011-w.html
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/veggies/directory.html

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