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As soon as the ground thaws
, David says it's time to start to prepare and improve your soil with lots of organic matter, such as shredded leaves left over from fall and compost. Building good garden soil takes time, and you need to add organic matter to it every year. "Think of your soil as a garden that grows and supplies everything your plants need. Feed the soil, and it will feed your plants," David says.