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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Tidy up weed-covered ground by skimming annual weeds off the surface and burying them in a trench. Remove any perennial weeds first, then shallowly slide the spade under the surface to lift the weeds in sections.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening
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