I don’t know anyone with a rototiller here, since our spaces are so small, but tilling is just the same. We just use different tools to do it.
Basically, you want to prepare your soil at least a week in advance of planting, such as adding compost, hoeing and removing weeds. Sometimes this isn’t an option, kind of like you ‘should’ sleep when baby sleeps. Yeah, that’s just not always how it can work. So, if you want to get the garden in and don’t have an enormous amount of time to devote, just do what you can in the time you have!
Not all vegetables have deep roots, but removing as much as you can will greatly increase the chances of a successful harvest.
Of course, if you’re using a raised box for planting, this will not be a concern, depending on the soil you choose to use.
Every year, if I’m not adding compost from my Earth Machine I got from the city, I like to use Amend. This product is something I find at Lowes. Once I have gone through my area of planting (or rather have my children go through it like good little boys and girls) I add Amend at least to the areas of planting. This is an organic product I really love. It’s safe for all flowers, fruits and veggies.
For my potted flowers, I do like to use Miracle Grow, because, well, it works! And since we’re not eating the flowers, I’m very OK with using MG. They do have organic options as well.
Adding organic material can help, such as that compost I mentioned before or Amend, or maybe you have a favorite trick you do..please share!
Once you know your soil is ready to go, it’s time to start planting.
Lowe’s really is a great place to start. We have some smaller, more local options here in Burbank as well. However, over the past several years of planting this garden, I have simply found that Lowe’s has the biggest selection with the most affordable prices for that selection.
My planted garden comes next…Happy Tillin’!
Lowe’s Home Improvement – Empire Center
2000 W Empire Ave, Burbank, CA 91504
Mon – Sat 6 AM – 10 PM, Sun 7 AM – 9 PM