The first misconception most new organic gardeners have about their gardenis that anything can grow in any type of soil. All you have to do is throw a few seeds in the ground and you’ll have a productive garden. You need to lose that preconceived notion if it applies to you.
You must take into consideration the overall climate conditions which will impact the soil. An example of these things would be rain, wind, temperature and exposure to sun light. The next thing to consider is the amount of rocks and density of the soil.
An example of bad density soil would be where the soil is tightly compacted and allows for no circulation of air or moisture. To have good organic gardening topsoil it must be loose, with good air and moisture circulation. Not to worry though because one of the things you can do if your soil is compacted is introduce earthworms to the ground and allow them to do their thing.
Frankly though, the earthworms take time to work their magic and have a tendency to leave the designated planting area quickly. However, there is a simple solution to that problem and you will help improve your soil quickly.
You can go to your local nursery or hardware store and purchase organic soil by the bag full or even by the truck load. Many organic gardeners will put this soil on top of their compacted soil and then plow it into the regular soil. However, for this method to be effective you must have enough organic soil to be from a minimum depth of three inches up to six inches or more. The great thing about it is as you repeat this procedure through several growing seasons you will soon have brought the life back to your original soil.
Another tip about your soil is the proper levels of phosphates, hydrogen and acidity in the soil. This is often times referred to as the pH factor in the soil. One of the best ways to determine if you have right kind of soil for organic gardening is to take a sample of your soil to your county agriculture agent or to your local nursery. For a small fee or no fee at all they will tell you everything you need to know about your soil. In addition to providing you the information about your soil they can also advise you types of plants that will grow best in your soil. Furthermore, they are a great source for additional tips on growing an organic garden successfully.