It takes time and effort to properly prepare you soil. I don’t personally do more than blood and bone in my sandy soil. If you want to go to the effort to get the maximum out of your vegetable garden here are a few tips.
The problems if you have bad soil
•Compaction: stops root growth working
•Wet soil: damages/compacts soil
•For ever digging: breaks down organic matter walking on the soil: compacts and forces more digging
•No life in the soil: a sad dead soil poor drainage:
•Wet, poor rooting, rotting loss of soil quality/ structure:
•Collapse, compaction wrong particle size: too fine may cap, too coarse = no germination loose soil:
•Dries out, poor rooting, plants fall over.
How do you know you’ve got it wrong?
•seeds and seedlings don’t take
•soil is wet and solid
•forked/ horizontal roots
How to fix it?
Remove compaction and avoid walking on the soil dig/ cultivate only when it is dry/ moist (never if wet) regularly add organic material especially compost to build the number of garden worms that help your vegetable garden soil preparation dig/ cultivate only what/ when you need to keep the good fine soil on the top and the sub-soil at the bottom always firm the soil with the back of a rake or fork Success is shown by retaining more organic matter thus a darker more crumbly, water retentive, workable and productive soil.