STEP ONE: TEST IT. You can test your soil for alkaline with vinegar or baking soda for acidity. Almanac.com describes how to use a jar to measure the amount of silt, sand, and clay in your dirt.
ADD MULCH. Seasonal mulching helps retain moisture in the soil and prevents weeds from competing with your plants for nutrients. Make a simple mulch by gathering grass clippings after mowing the lawn, drying them, and then use sparingly to mulch in your garden. Too much mulch prevents oxygen from reaching the roots.
ADD NEEDED NUTRIENTS. Natural manure, compost, and fertilizers are some of the best ways to add these nutrients to your soil.
SOURCE MANURE. You can buy bags at garden centers and home improvement stores. You can also ask local farmers or anyone raising cows, chickens, horses, goats, sheep, or rabbits.
START COMPOSTING. Making compost is