TIPS ON PREPPING YOUR GARDEN’S SOIL
Whether you’re planting vegetables for the first time or expanding a seasoned plot, preparing your soil is an essential step.
“If you can put organic material into your soil to prepare that soil for planting, your plants will have a better success rate,” said Cameron Garcia, regulatory compliance manager for Mesa County Solid Waste Management.
If you want help from the county, Garcia suggests taking the following steps:
One: Take a soil sample to the Colorado State University Extension Office, where volunteer master gardeners will test the salt content of your soil for free. The office, 2775 U.S. Highway 50, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Two: Visit the Mesa County composting facility at the landfill, 3071 U.S. Highway 50, to buy “Mesa Magic” compost. Employees at the facility can help you determine how much compost you need and the salinity of your soil. Facility hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Three: Rototill the planting area to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
Four: Put between 1 and 2 inches of compost on top of the rototilled area.
Five: Rototill the soil and compost together.
Six: The plot is ready for seeding or planting.