Starting a garden isn’t that hard. You just have to get started and learn as you go along. The home garden experts today were newbies once. You don’t get there by merely planning. Take action. Get a shovel, dig out the dirt and start planting a few plants. Learning soil cultivating methods, like mulching or composting, can also help because in the long run, your garden will depend on the quality of your soil.
The healthier your soil is, the healthier your plants will be. Healthy organic soil has a huge difference in the success of growing food. It also promotes a web of live organisms, including fungi, bacteria, nematodes as well as slugs and worms that play crucial roles in your plants’ life. Most of the composts in the commercial ads are low in microbial life and sterilized. Soil life is complex so you have to be careful on how to make it healthy. You must be aware about using pesticides because it kills your soil; hindering your garden’s full potential. Here are some natural organic methods to make your garden soil more productive:
Manure – it is the method mostly used in urban areas. It’s low cost or free and varies in quality. All manures of livestock are beneficial for plants and soil organisms. They are also rich in microbial life.
Homemade Composting – is recycling any organic waste. It speeds up the formation of soil humus. It is also rich in life. Adding compost to your soil will improve its structure and add nutrients. You can make a compost in an enclosed bin or open pile.
Worm Compost – it is another choice because it is particularly rich in soil life. It is great in speeding up the composting process. They are also gardener’s best friend.
Bokashi – this is a Japanese method of composting food in a tight sealed bucket which works quickly. You can add almost any food like meat and other organic waste in your trash bin. It can be done in small spaces and does not stink too much.
Cover Crops – is temporary planting for improving the quality of the ecosystem. Helps protect the soil from erosion caused by wind. This also provides a positive effect on soil texture. Cover crops can also help combat insects, disease, and weeds.
Mulching – the process of covering the soil surface around the plants to build pleasing conditions for plant growth. It is another good way to enhance the fertility of your soil. Keeps the soil cool, suppresses weeds and retains the moisture of the soil. Grass clippings, straw, chopped leaves are a few of the materials used in mulching.
Mycorrhizal Fungi– is the type of fungus that helps plants to absorb more nutrients and water. You can purchase it from garden centers and is also available in several different forms.
Mentioned above are some organic methods you can use to convert your dirt into productive garden soil. Simply choose one of the 7 preferred options and you’re on your way towards growing healthy fruits and vegetables.