For most parts of the country, it is still a little early to begin planting, but can be just the right time to prepare your garden beds. There are many ways to prepare soil, depending on your method of gardening. For many people, traditional in-ground beds are an easy approach. Others prefer to work in raised garden beds in order to protect the soil and facilitate efficient draining. For those with space restraints, a garden may even consist of a collection of planters and pots or flower boxes on a patio or porch. No matter what your style, with a little care and effort and help from The Handler System™, you can easily prepare your beds for seeds or seedlings in the coming weeks.
Cleaning out the Beds with The Handler System™
The first step to preparing soil should be to remove any dead plants or weeds that are still rooted in the soil. This can be done by trimming down plants and using a rake attachment from The Handler System™ to remove the trimmings and dead debris. If you have planted a “winter crop”, now is the time to trim that down and work the lower stems and roots in to the soil. The Handler System™ includes a shovel head that is ideal for working the old organic material into the ground. Once you have turned the soil over, you can cover the entire bed with a black garden cloth or burlap fabric to encourage the soil to warm and the organic materials to break down.
Mixing the Soil
Another important step to preparing garden beds is to prepare an optimal soil mixture. Garden experts generally recommend using 2/3 topsoil and 1/3 amendments. Topsoil can be purchased in bags or in bulk from a local garden store or nursery. Using the shovel attachment included with The Handler System™, spread the soil across the beds or use to fill a garden box and planters. You can then mix in soil amendments including peat moss, organic fertilizers, mulch, or compost. Using the shovel attachment, mix the soil carefully, breaking down any large clumps. For in-ground gardens, simply mix the soil and amendments into the ground. If you are using garden boxes, it is recommended that you have at least 12 inches depth to allow plants plenty of room to root.
Before planting, it is important to keep beds moist, but not soggy and to ensure the garden gets at least six hours of sunlight each day and has proper drainage. Thanks to the convenient design of The Handler System™ preparing beds for planting is easy and after a few weeks of warm weather, you will be ready to sow your seeds or seedlings!
About The Handler System™ and Brad Blanchard
The Handler System™ was invented by Brad Blanchard. Brad has over 35 years of experience as an aerospace engineer and owns Ventura Aerospace LLC Company, a manufacturing firm that makes precision components for commercial and military jet engines. The home and garden tool is assembled in the USA.
The Handler System™
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Plymouth, MI 48170