Every homeowner dreams of the perfect garden to complement their house. What most people don’t realise, however, is that there is much more to a beautiful garden than meets the eye. Here are five ways of making soil fertile. Hard work must be put in behind the scenes so that, come spring and summer, the show comes to life and all that hard work comes to a dramatic and spectacular end. Some amateur gardeners simply think that once a flower or plant dies, it is time to purchase a replacement. Maybe they’re right, but by following these five tips for making soil more fertile, you could really cut down on trips to the nursery.
Test your soil
Regular soil testing is the first step to producing top quality soil. It can also provide you with an idea of the different levels of chemicals and pH you will be working in. There are three main components you will be looking for:
Also, it is important to note the pH levels, as mentioned above and below, in order to evaluate the quantity of organic material present in the soil. A soil test is not expensive, and it can go a long way toward improving the outcome of your garden.
Depending on your location, the soil may be better or worse than the soil down the street; for example, your soil may be too sandy, full of clay, etc. You can adjust the soil properly, but it will take some time. One of the recommended options is to mix some organic material with the soil. This can simply be leaves or shells. If you are feeling adventurous, you can place liquid nitrogen into the concoction to fasten the process of decomposing.
While testing your soil, ensure you test for pH levels. The pH level will depend on the plants you are planning to grow; for example, a slightly more acidic pH (under 7.0) is perfect for vegetables. Remember you will not be able to properly adjust your soil if you do not take a proper reading of the pH levels, as you will not know what to look for.
If you are considering growing berries, specifically blueberries, you will need to know that they thrive in soil that would otherwise kill other fruit and veggies. Make sure you do your research before you test for pH levels, and hence grow fruit, vegetables, or flowers.
If what you are growing does not require acidic soil, you can neutralise it by adding calcium-carbonate, crushed shells and bone-meal.
One of THE best things you can do to make your soil more fertile is using compost. You can either produce and maintain your own heap or purchase it from a store. Compost is an essential component for your garden to retain its growth year by year. It is chock-full of natural and organic materials, Your garden will love you for it, and it will offer better drainage and ventilation, which is a big win for your garden overall.
Yes, you read it correctly, milk. As surprising as this is, adding milk to compost adds necessary nutrients, just as it benefits humans by adding amino acids, organic sugars, enzymes and other nutrients. Studies have concluded that unprocessed milk is naturally a fungicide, meaning it kills fungus. It also kills those pesky insects as they cannot process the sugars found in milk. With the addition of leaves and compost, milk is a great source of nutrients, as well as an insecticide and fungicide.
These are just five simple ways to make soil fertile, from simple testing to the addition of leaves, shells and other products. Even milk can help your soil become the best it can be. By following these five tips, your garden is sure to thrive, meaning that all your hard work in the winter months will not go to waste come spring, summer, autumn.