The Secret To A Bountiful Garden
Growing a garden for your own fresh or even organic fruits and vegetables can save you money and be fun. But there is one secret that many people overlook when starting an organic garden, it’s building the garden soil. There’s several ways to effectively build the soil in an organic garden, from compost to green manure to soil testing, things can get a little confusing for the novice gardener. This article is going to provide an explanation of the different ways to build your soil and when to use each one.
Almost any experienced gardener, especially one with an organic garden will praise compost as one of the most valuable materials in their garden, some even going so far as to call it black gold. Sometimes with the way people talk about compost it can seem like you need certain formulas to successfully make your own. In reality compost is simply decomposed plant material, things like grass clippings, fallen leaves, wood chips, twigs, potato peels and even newspaper can be composted.
One of the most important things needed for compost is time, it can take months for all that dead plant material to turn to black gold. Give it the time it needs and you will be well rewarded, compost can be turned into a planting bed where it will provide nutrients and help retain water in sandy soils or help increase the drainage in clay soils. Compost is the most effective way to improve your garden soil.
Green Manures are one thing that most gardeners have never heard of, even fewer take advantage of them. Green Manure is planted when a plot in your organic garden is going to be left bare for a time, such as over winter. There’s approximately a dozen different plants commonly used as green manure, comprising a wide range of growth habits and life spans, providing you with a perfect choice for your particular need.
Soil testing is another secret to a great organic garden. A quality soil test can provide a considerable amount of valuable information, such as pH, buffer, percentage of organic matter, nutrient availability, and recommendations for soil amendments. The best place to contact about a soil test is your local Cooperative Extension office which can tell you how to take a sample and where to send it. After sending your soil sample to a lab along with a nominal fee, wait one to several weeks for your analysis to be mailed to you. The soil test analysis will provide specific information to improve the soil quality in your organic garden.
As you might already know, these are only some of the ways to build the soil in your organic vegetable garden. The three points that this article covered are some of the most important, begin using them and you could have a garden that is the envy of your friends and neighbors.
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