How Plants Grow

Learn what plants need to grow strong and healthy, and you can help them to put on their best performance.

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Earthworms Key to Improving Soil Structure
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Soil Matters

Most plants love to sink their roots into aerated, moist yet well-drained soil. To achieve these ideal conditions, dig in plenty of organic matter, such as mushroom compost, before planting, and spread a thick layer on the soil surface in spring. Earthworms will then drag it down into the soil, where it will gradually improve drainage and water-retention capacity, ensuring that your soil contains all the nutrients and moisture necessary for seeds to germinate and roots to explore.

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