Are you doing everything by the book, but your plants are still struggling? You might want to try retexturing your soil. Soil with good texture can hold adequate water, oxygen, and nutrients for plants, but soil with poor texture can’t. You can improve the texture of any soil by mixing in organic matter using one of PRO-MIX® Soil mixes, or Premier® BIOMAX Ultra Composted Manures. Organic matter helps sandy soil retain moisture and improves drainage of clay and silty soils. It also increases pore space, or pockets of air. Without this pore space, roots struggle to absorb water and nutrients, and literally have no space to grow. Mix organic matter into the soil with a turning fork or tiller. You will want to mix a layer at least 5 centimetres (2 inches) high into the soil to a depth of 15 to 20 centimetres (6 to 8 inches)— more if the ground is very hard clay or extremely sandy. Much of the organic matter you add to the soil will disappear within a year or two. It decomposes. So it’s important to add organic matter yearly, just before you plant.