Common Garden Soil Mistakes

As a gardener, you know that healthy soil is the key to a successful growing season. But there are some mistakes that even the most experienced gardeners can make that can harm the future fertility of their soil. Here are some of the most common garden soil mistakes to avoid and offer tips on how to keep your soil healthy and productive for years to come.

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Common Garden Soil Mistakes

As the growing season approaches, it's important to make sure that your soil is in good condition so that your plants can thrive. There are some mistakes that gardeners often make that can hurt the future fertility of their soil.

By making a few simple changes to your gardening practices, you can ensure that your garden thrives and provides you with fresh, nutritious produce season after season.


While it's important to loosen the soil before planting, over-tilling can damage the soil structure and kill beneficial microorganisms. Instead, aim to till only when necessary and use a light touch.

You might even want to look into no-till gardening. They say it can stop weeds from growing.

Ignoring Soil pH

Different plants thrive in different pH levels, so it's important to know the pH of your soil and adjust it accordingly. Adding lime can raise the pH, while adding sulfur can lower it.

Learn more about common soil problems and remedies to make sure your garden is looking it's best.

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Using Chemical Fertilizers

While chemical fertilizers can provide a quick boost of nutrients, they can also harm beneficial microorganisms and lead to soil acidification over time.

Instead, use organic fertilizers like compost or well-aged manure. Well-aged is the key. Chicken manure needs at least a year to sit before being used on your plants it will burn them as it's considered hot manure.

Rabbit manure is great for use right away as it's considered a “cold” manure, you don't have to let rabbit poop age or compost before you use it.

Not Rotating Crops

Planting the same crop in the same spot year after year can deplete the soil of nutrients and increase the risk of disease and pests. Instead, rotate crops to give the soil a chance to recover and diversify the types of crops you grow.

For example, you might plant a few rows of corn, and when the corn harvest is finished, you might want to plant beans, since corn consumes a lot of nitrogen, and beans return nitrogen to the soil

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While plants need water to grow, over-watering can lead to soil compaction, root rot, and nutrient leaching. Instead, water deeply and infrequently, and make sure that the soil has good drainage.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can help ensure that your soil remains fertile and productive for years to come. With a little care and attention, your garden can thrive and provide you with healthy, delicious produce.

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