Category: Garden Soils
Energizing your garden soil
Soil or dirt as we know it is not dead as some people think but is very much alive with billions of microbes. What so amazed me many years ago as I did a study on garden soil is I found out that a teaspoon of garden soil contains billions of soil microbes, believe it or not, these soil microbes are responsible in part for the overall health of our garden plants.
Soil microbes have the awesome job of breaking down organic matter converting them to nutrients and then releasing these nutrients to our garden plants to be taken them up by their roots. Organic matter is anything that was once living. It could be leaves that fall from the trees onto the soil surface, the bodies of dead rodents, animals or insect even dead tree and plant roots are all considered to be organic matter. In other words, anything that was once living but now dead is organic matter.
Growing successfully with soils
Does garden soil really matters or is it ok to believe that soil is soil, therefore, it doesn’t matter what we use it is a sure guarantee we will have garden success or should we approach this topic with an open mind thinking there might be a difference. When it comes to soil many people are not sure therefore it is crucial to have some knowledge of soil type to have success with gardening. There is no such thing as a green thumb but rather acquiring the knowledge that will pay off in the long run.
Many people have garden successfully without understanding that one of the key ingredients was the soil that made such a big difference, this was the experience that I had as a child when creating my first garden along with my parents and many neighbors that had gardens. Over the years, however, I have learned soil type and the importance of having knowledge in this area to reap a good harvest.
The Power of Composting
Composting can really get your garden plants off to a great start because composting is a safe method that has proven to be so beneficial to our plant’s health providing us with the kind of harvest that is fit for a king.
The awesome thing about creating compost is that all of the ingredients that are used are natural which means that the crops we grow will be of the highest quality.
Making our soil richer for better quality foods.
I know what you are thinking but don’t let this picture gross you out. These little guys are actually helping our herbs, fruits, and veggies to be of better quality by providing them with the right conditions to thrive in.
Worm casting may not be a pretty sight but the benefits that these little guys bring to our gardens is pretty amazing. What is worm casting and how does this relate to our garden plants.
Making Organic Soil Mix
I am sure that at some point or time we have daydreamed of having that dream garden, or have you ever taken a trip in the great outback or even a nature walk?
as you walked along that nature trail you notice those beautiful plants in their full luster with those array of flowers in full bloom you feel free and beamed with joy, just to take in all the beautiful scenery that nature has to offer.
The key to all that beauty
One of the keys to all of that beauty is the soil, without it plant life would be impossible. It is important that we understand soils and how it plays an important part in a plant’s overall health and development.
I have included these two links that you can follow to get a better understanding of Soils and its function.
In this article, however, we will be looking at making organic soil mix that is ideal for your garden and landscape plants.
What are organic soil and its benefits?
Simply put, organic soils are soils that contain organic materials only, no chemicals that are harmful. The benefit of this soil is growing crops that are free of chemicals and that is safe to consume.
We will be looking at steps to take to build your own organic soil so that you can enjoy your crops come harvest time.
Building your organic soil
1.Soil can be purchased by the yard, before purchasing soil do some investigation.Find out if the soil is free of harmful chemicals and pesticides.
2.Your soil should be easy to work with so what happens next is to remove debris such as large rocks, sticks and other objects.
3.Add about a quarter yard of salt-free sand this will help to make the soil porous or help to give it proper drainage.