In order for plants and flowers to thrive the key starting point is to have rich soil. You should think of your garden soil as a living organism which needs regular nourishment so that you can encourage optimal productivity. Some of the organic materials like compost, manure, and chopped leaves provide you with a high content of nutrition that your plants need. Simply by amending and working your garden soil properly before starting any planting will provide you the most suitable environment for your plants to flourish. Below are some of the tips to create rich soil for your garden.
To Make Rich Soil, You Need:
- Shovel or tiller
- Garden trowel
- Gallon-sized reseal-able plastic storage bag
- Soil test kit
- Quart-size jar with lid
- Pitchfork, hay fork or cultivator
- Ground limestone
- Elemental sulfur
- Organic or chemical fertilizer
How to Make Rich Soil
- The first thing that you need to do is to add compost to the soil in your garden.
Compost is rich in nitrogen which is an essential nutrient that your soil needs.
Make sure that you use a shovel or tiller to work the compost right into the soil instead of just spreading it over the top of the soil.
Apart from purchasing compost from your nearby garden center, you can also make use of your own home made compost.
- Another method that you can use is to add cow or horse manure onto your soil. When you use this method, you should work it into the soil thoroughly.
Manure is also nitrogen-rich encouraging your plants to grow and have green leaves..
- You can also add disease-free chopped leaves together with your soil.
- Make sure that the leaves are not rotten or infected by fungus because this will contaminate your soil bed
- The leaves that you are using must be worked deeply into the soil by using your shovel or tiller. The leaves can be chopped simply by running a lawnmower over them on your lawn.
- You need to select an area which is a well-drained garden site. The area should receive at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day and is protected against harsh winds.
- Make sure to avoid working adding the organic matter when the solid is very wet or very dry. You must wait for the soil to be crumbly for the best results.
- DO NOT walk on your seed beds because over weight on the soil will make it more compact thus preventing air, water and also nutrients from being able to reach your plants.
- Make sure not to over-till because it may damage your soil’s structure resulting in it being either powdery or solid.