I love my flower gardens but I am guilty of neglecting the soil health in them. I kind of just let them fend for themselves and concentrate all or most of my efforts and compost where there are edibles. Not today. This little patch out the front has soil like cement. I claimed it from the lawn a few years ago and the lawn definitely wants it back but I'm not giving in. Things are growing here but nothing thrives. More organic matter is needed to improve the soil and to encourage the earthworms and microorganisms that this would be a good place to live.
I weeded and believe me those weeds didn't want to come out. The soil is that hard that a mattock is the weapon of choice for breaking it. I added some compost of which there is never enough, watered well and added a layer of mulch. That's enough for now but I'll keep working on it with some compost tea and manure and all those good and glamorous things.
It actually looks no better but I know that I've done some good. Perhaps if I plant a couple of edibles in there, I'll make sure it gets all the extra care it needs. The addition of some more plants won't hurt the soil profile either. In fact I'm going to log off the computer soon and sow some buckwheat and zucchini.