Preparation of soil for planting
"I know that the ""lasagna"" method that uses newspaper is popular in the South. And it's not bad, if that's what you want to do, especially if you don't have a tiller.
Personally, I just like to add lots and lots of compost, then till it in. If you have a tiller, this is the best way to go. The trick is to get the soil at just the right moisture level. Just barely moist, so that if you squeezed a clod in your hand, it would crumble. If it's too dry, it will be like rock. If it's too wet, it will be squishy like putty.
Once you get lots of compost tilled in (I usually put down about 6 inches), then you can plant. Your soil will stay nice and workable for many years. "
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