If you live in an area of Florida with good, rich soil, thank your lucky stars. Most often, the "soil" in which we are expected to grow plants needs work, and lots of it. What is a homeowner to do?
First, you need to determine what type of soil you already have. In Florida, soils can range from almost pure clay to almost pure sand and anywhere in between. Clay soils will often be sticky and "gummy", sticking to the shovel as you dig. Sandy soils will be just the opposite, with the soil falling apart and the hole sometimes collapsing back in on itself as you dig. Your goal is to find a happy medium.
"Loose" soil is best, but what does that mean? Whether you're starting with clay or sand, organic matter in the form of garden compost, rotted leaves, composted manures, and others will become your best friend. Organic matter will help to break up heavy clay, making it more air-filled and workable. It will also help to bind sandy soils, allowing them to hold more water and fertilizer for plants to use. You can increase the organic material in your garden soil by working in Miracle Grow® Organic Choice® Garden Soil.
How much compost, rotted leaf matter, or composted manure should you use? This will vary from garden to garden, but keep in mind that organic matter does break down over time, so by applying new layers periodically and digging them in as you garden, you?ll be doing your soil and yourself a huge favor!