We live in a part of the state where soils are lean and rocky.
Our soils are only one step away from being the rocks they were created from. It lacks the rich humus of organic matter that aids in water retention and allows plant roots to penetrate deeply into the earth. This can be a challenge when establishing a new garden. There are different techniques used for creating good soil but one of my favorites is the incorporation of green manure crops, also known as cover crops.