mom. Organic Gardening. January 08th , 2018.
Organic soil Gardening How To Guide:
A lot of newbie
organic gardeners. Not only that, unless their plants are grown in healthy organic soil, the plants may produce mediocre crops. The bad news is some soil contains concerning levels of lead or located on places that had contaminants. So it’s paramount for gardening to have excellent, healthy soil.
It’s quite easy actually to make sure the soil meets with the needed requirements.
•First, you should look for the land. If it’s located in your backyard for example, look for it’s history. Did the land has a history of contained lead? And after you buy the land, was there any reconstruction or remodeling project? If you suspect so, consider to have your soil tested. The test can be done by using home soil tests or better yet, using professional help.
If the soil contaminated by lead, you need to have your herbs and vegetables planted in containers. Place the containers in areas without high lead levels in your yard.
•Another option is by planting in a community garden. Each gardeners in a community garden has their own share of plot or vegetable crops, depending on the policies. The community also assist gardeners to build network with other gardeners. So you’ll get a lot of friends and also have fun while you participate to grow organic vegetables in your community.
How do you now that your soil has rich nutrients and able to grow healthy vegetables?
First, you need to consider the kinds of vegetables you want to grow.
Some vegetables need to be fed a lot while others aren’t so much. Know your growing zone and the type of soil where the plants will be planted. Even in a healthy soil, there could be patches of sandy, clay or other soil.
•The soil can also contain a variety of nutrients. Some areas within the same yard may have rich, woodland soil while others only have a bit share of soil (and it’s rocky too!). That kind of area is difficult to plow. To know the content of your soil, use home testing kits or with professional help. Of course, you will eventually know the content of your soil by observing which plants are thrive and which are not, but you’ll have to wait for quite some time. So it’s better for you to start gardening with having some knowledge of your soil.
Start with a visual test.
You don't have to feel weird for feeling you soil.
•It sounds weird, but healthy soil have a certain feel. A great sign of good soil is if it contains many earthworms. If your soil is dark, loose and has many earthworms, then congratulations for you, you got yourself top quality organic soil (assuming your soil pass the harmful substances test). You could adding some compost to make it richer with nutrients. Of course, don’t use pesticides or any substance with harmful chemicals on your garden.
Next, you should have the knowledge about your soil’s PH level.
Make sure it’s not too acid or alkaline.
•With a bit of luck, you’ll find your soil’s PH level is ideal. Now it’s time for you to dig through the dirt. Observe carefully whether your soil is too compacted and only leave little space for your plants to get air and water. If that is the case, use a tiller or to break the soil up. The last step is to add amendments, additional nutrients or fertilizers to your soil. Be sure to always use organic and environmentally friendly products for your garden.
All of those steps will give you assist in building healthy, top quality Organic soil. Having rain barrels for collecting rainfall on your garden can make chemicals stay away from your soil also.
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