Getting the soil ready for planting

"Hello, I am new to gardening and have a 7x25 ft area I'd like to plant in. The soil is fairly dry, with remains of old roots, mulch and rocks and gets 4-6 hours of sunshine. I've read so much about preparing the soil properly (I'd like to plant Morning Glory and Lavender) with compost, manure, etc and I have already dug up about 6 inches of the area but am not sure the best way to go proceed and would like to get your opinion on the best way to go forth. Thanks in advance for your advice."
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"Hi
Well it doesn't have to be too hard. It sounds like you've done a lot of work already. Just clear the area of rocks and stones and then cover your soil with compost, rotted manure or any organic matter you can find. If you have really poor or sandy soil you may also want to bring in a load of topsoil. Then, just till everything together to a depth of about 6 to 8 inches and you should be fine. Remember, for success with plants like morning glory and lavender you need a site that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day."


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