Evaluate the soil
Determine if the soil is dry enough to work. A fistful should crumble not stay in a clump.
Clear away old growth
Clear away last year’s plant material and weeds.
Watch your step!
While working, step only in the pathways and not in the garden rows or beds.
Spread a two inch layer of compost evenly on the beds.
Sprinkle the recommended amount of fertilizer right over the compost.
Loosen the soil
Push the garden fork into the soil and rock back to lift and gently loosen the soil.
Aerate each row
Repeat methodically down the row until the entire area is aerated.
Level the surface
Use the rake to level to soil’s surface. With this step complete, you are ready to start planting!