Make Your Own Perfect Soil
Rather than dig up soil trying to improve it, I start with 6 inches of perfect soil on top of the bed. It’s just like the soil you see in greenhouses to start plants or in potted flowers. It’s a perfect mix for starting plants of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. Use the mix to fill the bed. I like to add to this mix a cup of organic fertilizer, a cup of sea kelp meal, 1 to 4 cups of rock powder like azomite, and a cup of lime. This will provide the soil and plants with plenty of nutrients for intense gardening.