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Getting my garden ready

Kim Asked

I just moved to Millwood and I was wondering how to start my garden with the soil and what kind of dirt I need to grow a really nice one?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Kim: Congratulations on your new home. Creating a new garden is exciting and taking steps to make sure you have healthy, nutrient-rich soil is a smart one. Your County Cooperative Extension Service will be a great resource. You can have your soil tested here. The results will indicate the pH, nutrient levels, soil texture and recommendations in terms of improving the soil if necessary.

All plants have their own specific growing requirements so depending on what you are growing, you may need to adjust accordingly. The Grayson county offices are located at 123 Commerce Drive in Leitchfield.

The phone number is (270) 259-3492. They also provide publications on all things related to agriculture and horticulture. When starting a new garden it is always a good idea to think about what you want to grow in that space and take into consideration the available sunlight. Most edibles and flowering plants require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Happy gardening!

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