I’ve recently purchased my first house, and it comes with a garden, both in the front and back. As eager as I am to start gardening (it’s been a life-long dream), I actually know precious little about gardens, plants and soil. I’ve been scratching my head for the last two weeks.
In the front garden, the soil is grayish and silt-like/sandy. It has grass/weeds, a pear tree, a birch, rhododendrons and almost a dozen other small ornamental shrubs. In the back garden, the soil is moist, brown and full of crawly creatures (not the right technical terms, I know). It has grass/weeds, ivies, a large spruce, and also about a dozen other ornamental shrubs. Not very exciting.
My questions are:
What should I do with the soil? Top soil? Compost? Manure? When and in what order? What tools do I need?
If I am to dig up some old soil to replace with new soil, what do I do with the old soil?