Gardening 101 : Soil

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

With the weather warming up, many people are looking to get that prized garden underway, but before you can water the plants and watch them bloom, you have to start from the ground up.

Gardening experts with Bookcliff Gardens and the CSU Extension Office say good soil is at the root of all successful gardens.

The wrong compost or fertilizers can actually kill your plants faster than good soil can help them grow.

Experts recommend you ask your local nursery before you start mixing things in.

A horticulturist at the CSU Extension Office says stay away from mushroom compost; it has ten times the salt level vegetables can even tolerate.

Another to avoid is cattle manure, because it's not porous enough to let your soil drain well and will cause plant roots to rot.

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