Compost for garden bed?


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I filled my garden bed with compost and soil from the ground, is that sufficient? I worry it may be compacted and it’s stopping my seeds from germinating but I’m too new at this and slightly impatient. Here’s a picture of my cabbage plants in said soil, any input for the soil is appreciated! Compost was purchased from compost facility near me.
 

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I would get some cover crops that are good at busting thru tough soil, things like fava beans and many others, see below article for ideas. Also, I wouldn't till the garden year-after-year, that actually creates a hardpan. And when you remove plants, don't remove the root ball, rather allow it to decompose in place, creating more organic matter. Mulch the garden to keep the surface moist and bioactive.

 
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Its hard to tell from the pictures but your soil doesn't look bad at all to me. I will echo roadrunner's recommendation of cover crops especially cow peas (field peas). I've been using them for years to build soil and control weeds. My approach is to let them go to seed(eating only a few) and mow them which will add nutrients to your soil and re-seed the peas for another round. I've done as many as four generations in one summer this way...all on one initial planting. One approach might be to try 1/2 or 1/4 of the garden this way and rotate next year.

Your location may drive you to other choices but the peas have worked extremely well for me for many years.
 

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