I bet if we surveyed Georgia gardeners, the top complaint would be the soil! I know, deer might be a close second, but we can often do something to improve the soil. In the case of this garden, I am going to invest in the soil because I know it will pay dividends in the health and growth of the plants. I first sampled the soil to get an idea of where I am starting and what I need to add. More about that when I receive the test results.
Then, I added compost to the soil and worked it in. I know this will increase the soil’s ability to retain moisture, an important consideration in this exposed site surrounded by asphalt. Added compost (organic matter) can also boost populations of beneficial microorganisms that help convert nutrients into forms that plants can take up and use. The compost can also improve the soil texture, creating some macropores for oxygen and water to move in and out of the soil to the benefit of plant roots, earthworms, and other critters.
Now, how about some irrigation and mulch?!?