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Soil Preparation

Soil, mulch and compost

Healthy soil is the single most important building block in gardening. First, make sure you know what kind of soil you have. Then, consider techniques to build healthy soil that will grow a bountiful garden.

The San Mateo County Office of Sustainability is an excellent local resource for home gardeners.

Fertilizers and amendments

The most important building block of beautiful landscapes and gardens is healthy soil. It’s important to understand how to nurture and feed soil (covered in Soil, Compost, Mulch). Nutrition for plants can be added with fertilizers and amendments, and this section addresses what they are and how to use them.