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?
Mulching. What does it actually mean?
Any information would be helpful! Thanks so much!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.