You can have the perfect crops, the perfect weather conditions, and treat your plants with the best care, but if you have the wrong soil, to begin with, you are setting yourself up for failure. The quality of your soil will have a direct effect on the types of yields you can get, the appearance of your plants, and the quality of your produce. In this article, we’re going to give you a few simple tips to give your plants the best soil possible.
Feed your Soil
Plants soak up the minerals and nutrients in the soil and it’s important to replenish it every season for best results. In this case, compost is the best option. Compost has everything your plants need to grow – healthy microbes, beneficial bacteria, and all types of fungi that facilitate plant growth.
You can use your own compost or buy some compost from your nearest garden retailer if you wish. Try to spread a 1.5 to 2-inch layer of compost over your fresh soil and dig it in. But make sure you dig and double dig your soil first to allow plants to breathe and roots to penetrate.
Let Nature do the Work
Once you’ve spread your compost, leave some time for earthworms to start settling in and turn the compost for you. Earthworms are like foot soldiers for your garden, and after a few weeks, they will have pulled most of that compost deep into your subsoil. Not only that, but the digested organic material they leave behind will also make the soil more fertile.
And if you want to make your soil even more potent, you can actually buy earthworm castings and add some more to your soil. There was a time when castings were pretty expensive and rare, but they’re much easier to find these days – and cheaper.
These days, you can buy a 1.5 gallon of castings for under $10. For best results, try to mix 1 part of castings with ten parts of compost. What’s great about castings is that they’re completely organic. If you want to keep your garden as organic as possible, I suggest you visit a site like lovebackyard.com, which offers tons of great organic gardening tips.
Start Digging Holes
Knowing how to dig holes properly is essential if you want good results. Ideally, the holes should be wider than they are deep since roots have a tendency to spread horizontally. You should go for holes that are two times as wide as the root mass and three times as deep. You can then backfill the holes using a 1/3 compost and 2/3 soil mix. After this is done, you can firm the mixture using your hands for smaller plants or feet for bigger ones.
These tips will allow you to create a fertile ground for your plants and crops. Not only that, but they will also improve the overall look of your plants and maximize your yields.