How Important Is My Soil?
Know what you have and what you want to use it for.
* Assess your soil: Drainage? Clay? Sandy?
* If growing food and planting in ground, have a soil test done and also test for heavy metals such as lead.
*Consider native plant alternatives to common non-native plants-they like our soil as it is.
What are the first steps to build a raised garden bed?
Step 1: Choose a location
Step 2: Kill off existing vegetation where your raised bed will go
Step 3: Choose your construction materials
Step 4: Build your bed
Step 5: Fill your bed with soil
Step 6: Plant your bed
Advice for first time gardeners.
Start small & have successes, then “grow” the size of your garden. Don’t fight the site - put a plant that likes shade in the shade, likes wet soil in wet soil, etc.
If you are on clay that doesn’t drain as needed consider using a raised bed.
Keep kids and pets in mind when selecting plants.
Follow best practices, use chemicals sparingly and ALWAYS follow label directions.
"on-site" at the Cook County Farm Bureau
The Cook County Farm Bureau® and the Cook County University of Illinois Extension have partnered on a new project that benefits Local Farm Bureau members and the general public. Master gardeners are on-site at the Farm Bureau office to provide expertise and assistance to members and its surrounding communities to meet horticulture needs, answer questions and provide helpful guidance.