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Improving Your Organic Garden Soil

Posted by admin on May 30, 2012 under organic garden

Not too long ago, I wrote an article about Greenscaping and explained that it was one of the easiest waysorganic garden soil image to have a healthy organic garden. Well, one of the things that was discussed in that article was to make sure that your soil was rich and healthy. In this article, I want to go into a little more detail about how you can check your organic soil and improve it if necessary.

One of the biggest reasons that most gardeners fail is that their soil is not properly conditioned for the plants that they are trying to grow. While this may sound difficult to analyze and fix, it’s actually quite easy.

Four Easy Steps for Healthy Organic Garden Soil

1. Knowing the Garden Soil In Your Area

You need to know what you are working with. Your soil’s texture is a combination of 3 ingredients: sand, clay, and silt. If your soil has too much clay in it, your plant’s roots will have a difficult time penetrating the soil. If your soil is too sandy, your soil will have a difficult time holding moisture. Silt soil is a fine grain soil that holds moisture, but similar to clay, too much of it makes it difficult for roots to penetrate.

You can determine the type of soil in your area by visiting a library and/or consulting with your local nursery.

2. Knowing the Types of Plants That You Want to Grow

You can’t grow all plants in any locale. Some plants, like Cactus, like sandy soil. Some plants, such as Daylily, like clay soil. After determining what type of garden soil is in your area, choose plants that will tolerate the soil in your area.

3. Soil Testing Is A Must

This is where most organic gardeners fail…they don’t do a soil test. Soil testing will reveal if your particular plot of ground has too much clay or sand, what nutrients your soil may not have or have too much of, and what the pH level of your soil is. These are all key factors for a successful organic garden.

You can do a soil test yourself by using a soil testing kit that you can get online at Amazon or at your local nursury. Or, you can take a sample of your soil and submit it to a USDA Cooperative Center Office in your local area… that’s what I do. There is usually a small fee associated with doing this and sometimes you have to wait several weeks to get the results.

4. Add Soil Amendments to Your Organic Garden

Once you have the results from your soil test and you have determined what types of plants that you want to grow, you can now add soil amendments to make your soil as healthy as possible for your chosen plants. For example, if the soil test reveals that your soil have excessive amounts of sand, you can add some vermiculite to counter-balance it.

Below is an excellent video that I found online that will help you to make these soil amendments:

I hope this short lesson helps you in your organic garden. Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog

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