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.
- Organic Active 8 Soil Improver & Planting Mix
- Amgrow Organic Booster Pellets
- Organic Sugar Cane mulch
- seaweed solution
- bulk garden mix (to top up soil)
- Amgrow Blood & Bone Based Fertiliser
- Supersoil Garden Mix (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 Organic Active 8 Soil Improver & Planting Mix.
Step 4: Mix in two handfuls of Amgrow 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 5: If you have sandy soil, add a garden mix like Supersoil Garden Mix. If you have clay soil, add gypsum.
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 mulch.
Step 9: Water your newly-planted additions deeply with seaweed solution.
Step 10: Finally, spread a handful of slow-release fertiliser.