How To Prepare Garden Soil For Planting

Learn how to prepare your garden soil for planting vegetables. From the Southwest Yard & Garden series.

25 Responses to “How To Prepare Garden Soil For Planting”

  1. StarksBrothersHomes Reply September 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Great tips for homeowners, Spring is here and it is the perfect time to
    plant a garden. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I don’t think that was much of a competition lol

  3. This is too much extra labor. you can do this for a backyard garden but
    need a better procedure for larger plots

  4. If the soil is seriously compacted it does need to be loosened up with
    tilling or spading. In the video they’re adding organic matter (humus) to
    feed the micro organisms. Once done, year after year it should only be
    necessary to add humus (compost) as a top dressing. This method is less
    work and does no damage to the living soil biology. Learn from Mother
    Nature is my belief. She has 4.5 billion years of gardening experience. But
    ask 10 people and you’ll likely get 10 answers different answers.

  5. Tillers will kill a lot of earth worms. I try to stick with turning the
    soil by hand, with either spades or my pick.

  6. @269821 I dont need health care i can cure cancer and many other diseases i
    understand how the body works. Just struggle from low confidence and self

  7. I live in the uk and i am so depressed at the moment, i love organic food
    but cannot eat eat at all as my budget wont allow. I loved the video on
    compost tea and wondered how can i live off the land without a job i have
    been researching for about 1 year see my playlists. Can you offer me help,
    i am going to go mad if i have to live in this society for another 5 years.
    Thanks alot Sam a, 19

  8. I realize that not everyone has chickens… BUT, if you do, or have a
    friend who does… you can put a chicken tractor over or near your garden
    plot and allow the chickens to scratch up the soil, they remove all
    greenery and fertilize the soil. When they have everything worked over, you
    can then move them to another location and begin your final garden prep and
    planting. Chicken tractors are even being used in cities like Boston! Check
    out Garden Girl TV for an example. (“>

  9. I use a two bottom plough in my 1950 john deere M, it digs very deep

  10. @zaracki92…. I think what Braintanchan is referring to is the soil
    microbiology. It is pretty well understood that the more the soil is
    disturbed the more damage that occurs to the micro organisms that give
    healthy soil structure. There are different opinions and philosophies on
    this subject but one thing is certain, Mother Nature doesn’t use a
    roto-tiller. If you’re interested in learning more about soil biology a
    good start is “The Soil Biology Primer By Elaine R. Ingham” Aloha from

  11. You could make steps… Hard work, but SSSOOO worth it in the years to
    come! Find wood/stone to make short walls. No need to spend much money,
    take a few years to gather free materials. If your slope faces toward the
    sun even better! Check out Huglekulture beds, it could be adapted for your
    space, best benefit is that in time you will not need to water as much and
    the composting matter will add to your soil!

  12. There are a lot of ways to get started. Learning to compost, use grey water
    for gardening, rammed earth and use seeds from veggies you eat from the
    market are a good start. Take it from me. Don’t overload yourself with too
    many new skills to learn at once. And, plant easy, high reward plants
    first. I like blackberries where I live, I get a lot of fruit from little
    work. Practice some basic essentials for year one. Add trees and herbs the
    next year. Whatever order you’d like.

  13. Good idea. Thanks!

  14. These guys are fools. Good gardening is not about showing off your
    mechanized gas guzzling bullshit. If they are too tired to use the spades
    then get some young people to help out, the youth should be taught this
    stuff by older “wiser” generations, because we are losing our skill at
    growing food. Only 2% of people in the U.S. are responsible for growing our
    food. Those damn roto-tillers ruin soil structure over time, oh, and they
    blended up the worms!

  15. how do worms survive a blender!?

  16. not going to dig the whole trench because it is too freakin’ much work.

  17. that does sound logical :P And so true about people and their answers.

  18. working over thesoil means to work above the soil……….chickens are
    good for dirt for a small amount of time

  19. @Braintanchan eh…tilling kills the soil…how?

  20. Thanks you for your response, I was just wondering since I was taught to
    till the soil before sowing. But I’ll have to read up on soil microbiology
    I guess :)

  21. Great information… I always put chicken poop and ashes from my fire pit
    each year.

  22. so wat happens with top layer its go back to ground or leavet?

  23. IMO they’re not digging down deep enough. And digging is easier with a
    pointed shovel which is designed for digging instead of with a flat-edge
    shovel like the one in this video. The rolo-tiller does loosen the soil,
    but not deep enough. The soil needs to be really loose and loamy at least
    24 inches to give the roots more room to grow, which means bigger plants
    and more vegetables. Carrots and other roots crop especially need deep

  24. Use Chicken manure to help make compost by all means , but I have seen very
    little evidence of chicken in a garden , leaving an area they have been on
    ready for planting or clearing out weeds and pests . About the only thing I
    have seen mine eat is earthworms , which you want to keep anyway. Far from
    working over the groung they just tread it down hard.