畑を耕すって英語では？ How do you say that?
We call it tilling the soil.
What do we mix in the soil?
After tilling the soil, we mix in a combination of kitchen compost, lime and fertilizer which will help the plants grow.
Fertilizer has a really bad smell!
What is fertilizer?
Fertilizer can be different things, usually some decaying material which is why kitchen compost is so useful. Other types of fertilizer include bat guano (bat droppings) as well as cow and horse manure. After awhile, you get used to the smell.
Why do we cover the ground with a plastic sheet?
Well, we cover the ground with black plastic sheeting for a few reasons.
It keeps the soil warm and damp, it prevents weeds from sprouting and gives some protection from the wind.
Now that you’re ready, you can plant seedlings.
You can but it’s best to wait about 10 to 14 days to allow your soil to set. After that, you can plant your seeds or seedlings.
Why do I have to wait so long?
Well, you’ve just mixed and tilled your soil so you have to give it some time so that the fertilizer can be absorbed into the soil. Two weeks is usually long enough. Remember, gardening is a slow, relaxing but rewarding hobby.
I’m looking forward to planting seedlings two weeks later.
Me too! Making a vegetable garden and watching it grow is certainly satisfying.