Gardener Resources

Soil Management

Soil health is critical for a bountiful harvest from your plot! Soil needs to be fertile, well-drained, and well-structured to best support plant growth. There are endless tips and strategies to improve your garden soil. Below are a few links to get you started!

The soil at the Community Garden is a silty clay loam. It is fertile, but the high clay content means it can become compacted. Adding compost to your plot's soil and mulching the soil surface with straw or leaves will go a long way towards maintaining good soil structure!

This page from Penn State Extension is a pretty comprehensive overview of how to take care of your soil. It goes over how to manage soil pH, soil fertility, and soil organic matter, and how to prepare your soil before planting.

This article goes over some basics of soil composition, and helpful strategies to improve soil structure.