The structure, fertility, drainage and acidity (pH) of your soil all have an impact on the health of the plants. Knowing what type of soil you have and how to improve it will help you to create the best growing environment.
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Achieving a Fine Tilth for Sowing
A level soil surface with a fine crumbly texture, without large stones or old plant material, gives seeds and young plants the best start. This can be achieved by lightly drawing a metal-headed rake over previously dug soil in one direction, then again at 90 degrees to the first raking.
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