If your past vegetable gardening attempts have failed, then you may have an issue with the topsoil in your garden.
High-quality topsoil should contain a healthy balance of sand, clay, and silt in addition to decomposed organic plant matter. When these things aren't properly balanced, vegetable plants won't thrive. And, most natural soils aren't healthy enough to successfully grow vegetables without the addition of purchased topsoil.
Before you abandon your dream of growing healthy food for your family, consider each of these tips for buying high-quality topsoil:
Tip: Purchase "Screened" Topsoil
When you are evaluating topsoils for a vegetable garden, it's vital you discount the options that are not rated as "screened." Topsoil that's labeled as screened has been run through a mesh filtering screen to remove any larger root material, rocks, or other things that shouldn't be in it.
Tip: Understand the Difference Between Potting Soil and Topsoil
When shopping for vegetable garden topsoil, it's important you purchase one specifically labeled as "topsoil" and not "potting soil" as these are actually two very different products.
Topsoil is meant to be put directly on the earth. It contains a lot of organic mulch to allow water to filter through it and evaporate from its surface. This prevents problems with mildew and root rot.
In contrast, potting soil is designed to be placed into pots and sealed garden beds. Potting soil doesn't drain in the same way as topsoil and it has a lot more fertilizers and nutrients to help potted plants thrive.
Tip: Save Money by Buying Your Garden's Topsoil in Bulk
As with any other consumer product, when you buy your topsoil in big plastic bags from your local home improvement center, you are paying a lot of money simply for the packaging.
To save a lot of money, you should purchase your topsoil in bulk from a local garden center or landscaping supply company.
Not only will this option save you money, but the soil you purchase will likely be higher-quality and better for use in your local area than a national brand.
Tip: Understand Fertilizers are Still Necessary
Finally, it's important you understand topsoil alone won't successfully grow vegetables. In addition to using a high-quality topsoil and a proper watering schedule, you also need to fertilize your plants. If you neglect to fertilize them, then your vegetables won't grow well and won't produce any food for your family.