When soil is good, plants thrive, but when soil is bad -- well, fortunately, it can be fixed. To do that, you first have to understand what goes into soil, why soil can be difficult, and how to transform it into a growing medium that allows your plants to flourish. First, test your soil; that will determine what your soil has enough of and what it's lacking.

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How to Test Your Soil

A simple soil test will pinpoint what your soil lacks. Perform a soil test so you know what plants will do best in your garden and what additives you may need for your soil.

Creating Rich and Organic Garden Soil

Good gardens start with good soil. If you're blessed with rich, crumbly loam, you've already got the makings of a great garden. But there's hope for the rest of us, too. With a little effort and the right ingredients, you can turn sand, clay, or barren ground into a rich organic garden soil that will sustain plants for years to come.

What is the Best Way to Improve Soil in an Established Perennial Bed?

What is the best way to improve the soil in an established perennial bed? Is there a way to do it without digging up all the plants?

What Is Well-Drained Soil?

I'd like to know what is meant by "well-drained soil."

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Create Rich Soil for Your Garden

Follow these guidelines for working your soil for maximum quality.

Coping with Bad Dirt

The polite phrase is "poor soil," but whatever you call it, you can fix it this year. Here's how.

24 of the Best Perennials That Will Thrive in Clay Soil

These beautiful plants are the answer to dealing with sticky, heavy earth.