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Ideas On Preparing Healthy Soil For Gardening

Dec 11, 2007
Various tests were performed by expert gardeners in order to conclude whether the soil has a good composition.

Some of these are: Compressing it in hand, and if the soil does not hold itself and crumbles without any external force applied in it, then that has a sand component that is a little high. If you compress it to form a shape and when you poke it does not fall apart easily, to much clay contained on that.

If you're still not sure about the soil composition you have, you can separate each ingredient by using this simple method. Put a cup or two of dirt into a jar of water. Shake the water up until the soil is suspended, then leave it for a while until you see it separates into 3 layers. The top layer is clay, the next is silt, and on the bottom is sand. You should be able to judge the presence of each component within your dirt, and act accordingly.

After analyzing the soil composition, and determined what is lacking or what is to be lessen, then,of course, you apply methods you learned to fix it. If you are to treat to much sand or silt, the best option to do is to add some compost or moss. And if you are to deal to much clay, the best thing to do is to add of peat moss and sand because the peat moss when moisten helps to infiltrate the mixture better. You can also consult an expert to have the best done for your gardening.

The amount of water present in the soil is also one of essential things to consider when preparing your garden. Inclined garden or it may be at the lower level, the site will, most likely, absorb to much water and plants will be drowned. If you think your garden will be on this scenario, make your area elevated for few inches (perhaps 4 or 5) from the ground so that it'll not be saturated.

You should spend the couple of weeks prior to the planting by adding fertilizer to your site because adding nutrients to the soil is also essential for plants to grow healthy. Mix your fertilizer well and once you have done this, you will surely have a soil that is ideally poised for planting.

Essentially, the procedure to soil preparation and care can be summarized in these steps: Ensuring the soil composition is satisfactory; ensuring the proper drainage for the site and putting fertilizer on the soil before it is planted. Once it is planted, you can add some more to ensure the growth of your plants. Following these steps will surely bring out the best of your home garden fueled by your essential care.
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Bercle George is an expert gardener and has published an excellent rose growing and gardening resource at
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