In the fall:
1. determine the type and amount of amendments, pH adjusters, and fertilizers to be incorporated into the soil, 2. spread them uniformly across the soil, and 3. till the soil to achieve uniform texture and mix.
In the fall or winter:
4. physically demarcate planting areas from walking areas using raised beds, carpet for walkways, or other physical boundaries, and 5. level the planting areas.
In late winter or early spring two to four weeks prior to planting time:
6. determine the type and amount, if any, of insecticide and herbicide to be incorporated into the soil of the various beds, 7. incorporate insecticide and herbicide, as determined in #6, into the soil to the depth recommended by the manufacturer, and 8. prepare infrastructure for watering system (basic equipment and lines as necessary.)
At planting time:
9. determine what additional ingredients are to be added for each planting, 10. plant, and 11. install distribution system for water if semi-permanent of permanent.
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