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Spring is the Time to Improve Garden Soil

Ideas for better living from Colorado State University

As we bid goodbye to winter, we might start thinking about improving our garden soil for spring planting. Colorado's heavy clay soil can take up to 10 years to improve. The best way to do it is by adding a modest amount of organic material -- spaghnum peat, compost or rotted manure -- each year. Spread about 1 and one-half inches of organic matter over the soil and till in. Some organic matter may contain salt and if you add too much at once, you inadvertently may create salt build-up in the soil. This is especially true of manure.

Photograph courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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