I don't want to even pretend there is a set way to prepare your soil. What is important is that you add some organic matter and fertilizer if fertilizer is even needed. And the biggest key is turning it and loosening the soil. I am trying something different with fertilizer this year and that is a few pinches in a planting hole rather than handfuls in the whole bed.
Fertilizer has its uses. I buy a bag of 10-10-10. It is cheap and basic enough to cover the ranges. I also use composted manure in the planting holes. My compost is close to ready and I will be using that too at times.
One year I got great radish TOPS and little radish roots. Yep... too much nitrogen.
This garden bed was used for two videos. It was double turned about a week ago and I only added peat moss. It is now ready for planting and I needed to take care of the top 4-6 inches of the bed.
I have clay soil. It is still problematic at times but I decided along time ago that I would fix it slowly over time.
|A Turned Raised Bed Hard as Dried Clay: Gary Pilarchik|
Now my beds are by no means pure clay and they do well but because I double dug this bed again, a week ago, I brought up some clay chunks from the bottom. Clay dries hard! Soak your raised bed before you go into work with it with your hands. The clay crumbles when damp!
|Added Peat Moss and Lime - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik|
|Work Over and Mix the Top 6 inches of the Bed: Gary Pilarchik|