The content of your soil may have to be amended. If your soil is heavy clay, till in some peat moss and sand. These two items will help loosen up the soil and promote better drainage and root development. The amount you will need will depend on the “heaviness of your clay, it would be best to error on the “putting it on heavy” side.
If your soil is sandy, till in a generous amount of peat moss. The peat moss will help the sandy soil retain moisture.
Compost mixed into the soil has to be the best single thing you can do to any garden new or old. There are many retail garden centers that sell compost by the bag; and one bag will go a long way.
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