Good soil is the foundation of any successful garden. If your soil isn’t good quality and you’re experiencing problems with it, you’re not going to be able to get anything to grow. The problem is, soil is far more complex than people realize, it’s not just a pile of dirt.
There are so many different aspects that need to be balanced correctly and if they aren’t, your soil won’t be any good. If you’re having trouble with your soil and you just can’t get anything to grow, here are some simple ways that you can improve the quality.
Soil needs to be properly cared for and fed year round. All of the live soil underneath the surface is constantly breaking down matter, producing nutrients and recycling water. But it can’t do that effectively if you aren’t feeding it the right stuff, and that means an organic diet.
The best time to start feeding your soil is in the Autumn. If you get some dead leaves and waste food from the kitchen and cut it into the soil with a shovel, it will break down and feed the soil. If you’re doing this regularly, you should see some improvement in the quality of your soil.
Nematodes are a small species of worm that lives in soil. You’ll find thousands of them under there and some of them are doing your soil a lot of good. However, there are a lot of bad species that damage the soil, so you need to make sure that you’ve got plenty of the good ones and not the bad ones.
You can buy nematodes from Green Gardener that you can add to your soil to improve the quality no end. You also need to find ways to stop the damaging nematodes from invading your soil. A lot of the bad strains thrive on decaying roots so it’s important that you’re rotating plants regularly and fully clearing away all of the dead roots when you replant things.
Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients that soil needs and if your soil doesn’t have enough nitrogen in it, you’ll struggle to grow anything. Luckily, there are quite a few good sources of nitrogen that you can easily add to your soil. Grass clippings, feather meal, and blood are all easy ways to add nitrogen to the soil so you should be using them to fertilize your garden regularly.
Dry soil is very bad for plants because it doesn’t hold enough water to feed them properly. However, soil that is too wet is equally bad because it can rot the roots of plants, that’s why it’s important to manage drainage properly. Adding fertilizer correctly will help you with soil that is too dry. But if the soil is particularly wet, you could consider adding some sand to help the water drain better.
Bad soil can completely ruin your garden and nothing will grow, but you can fix it if you use these simple tricks.