A booming flower or vegetable garden is the fond dream of many. The beginning vegetable gardener, especially, envisions healthy plants yielding enormous amounts of vegetables she can proudly offer to neighbours and friends. Achieving that dream can take more than planting and watering seedbeds. Rich soil is one of the major keys to success. Think of soil as a living organism that needs regular nourishment to encourage optimal productivity. Organic materials can provide that critical nutrition.