Preparing soil for autumn planting
The secret to thriving plants in spring is healthy soil - and autumn is the perfect time to give it some TLC.
Like a chef blends ingredients to create a delicious balance of flavours, soil prep is all about getting the right mix of nutrients to create great growing conditions for plants.
Based on a one square metre area, the below is a step-by-step recipe for soil success. For best results, this recipe is best prepared and left to simmer for at least one week before planting.
- Supersoil Garden Compost
- Supergrow Organic Fertiliser Pellets
- Organic Sugar Cane Mulch
- Seasol Seaweed Concentrate
- Bulk garden mix (to top up soil)
- Blood & Bone Based Fertiliser
- Soil Solver (for sandy soil)
- Gypsum (for clay soil)
Recipe for soil success
Step 1: Prepare your garden bed by removing unwanted plants, weeds and stones, breaking up clumps of soil as you go.
Step 2: If your soil needs a top-up, contact your local Flower Power for a price on bulk garden mix. To get it home, drive through^ our landscape area seven days a week and load up your truck or trailer. Or let us deliver to you seven days a week. If you’re a Garden Lovers Club member, you can hire a free courtesy trailer.* Not a Garden Lovers Club member? No worries! Click to sign up now.
Step 3: Dig in half a bag of soil additive like Supersoil Garden Compost.
Step 4: Mix in two handfuls of Blood & Bone Based Fertiliser to give plants an extra boost. Skip this step if planting natives and flowering exotics such as rhododendrons as it may be too strong.
Step 6: Rake your garden bed to ensure soil is level.
Step 7: Plant your new additions, ideally at least one week after preparing soil.
Step 8: Spread an even layer of Organic Sugar Cane Mulch to a depth of 5cm.
Step 9: Water your newly-planted additions deeply with Seasol Seaweed Concentrate - you can add it to a watering can or use a hose-on pack.
Step 10: Finally, spread a handful of Supergrow Organic Fertiliser Pellets.