of Good Soil
Good soil is ninety percent of the secret to a successful garden. Without
it, you will be fighting a losing battle no matter how diligent you
are with watering, weed control, ensuring proper sunlight, and pest
The quality of a soil is usually determined by examining its fertility
and texture. A soil’s fertility is determined by a combination of essential
nutrients and a pH that makes these nutrients available to the plants.
The basic nutrients required by plants are nitrogen, phosphorous, and
potassium. Nitrogen is responsible for the healthy growth of the plant’s
leaf and stem, phosphorous is important for the root growth of the plant,
and potassium is required for the overall health of the plant, keeping
the plant growing and boosting its immune system. In addition to these
three nutrients, plants also require trace elements such as calcium,
magnesium, molybdenum, and zinc in order to be healthy. The pH of a
soil tells us its acidity or alkalinity level and is measured on a scale
between 1.0 and 14.0. A pH level of 7.0 is considered neutral. Soil
with a pH higher than 7.0 is considered acidic and soil with a pH higher
than 7.0 is considered to be alkaline.
A soil’s texture, on the other hand, refers to its particle content,
the size of particles, and how cohesive they are. Sandy soils have very
large particles, for example, whereas soils with a lot of clay have
very small particles. Both soil with a lot of sand and soil with a lot
of clay can be problematic. Sandy soil permits air, roots, and water
to move too freely while soil with a lot of clay does not offer enough
room for air, roots, or water.
There are a number of steps you can take to bring your soil into the
best shape possible for a garden and there are definitely things you
should avoid doing so as not to harm the quality of your gardening soil.
Enriching your soil with fertilizer and organic material is one of the
best ways to make sure your garden will be healthy. Soil enriched with
fertilizer and organic materials stimulates plant root systems to go
down deep and to spread out, and the resulting plants are stronger,
sturdier, and better able to withstand disease, heat and drought. Manure
is a great fertilizer as long as it is aged enough and doesn’t contain
too much salt or weeds. Organic material can consist of anything from
kitchen scraps such as eggshells, potato peels, and coffee grinds, to
plant residues such as grass cuttings, pine needles and leaves to even
When you are improving and enriching your soil, be sure not to mix a
different type of soil with your existing soil. For example, you wouldn’t
want to mix a sandy soil with a clay soil – this would produce disastrous
results. Also, when adding organic material, make sure you don’t use
plant residue that consists of diseased plants or organic material that
has meat scraps. Finally, sewage sludge can be used but it may contain
high levels of lead and cadmium so it is best to use this material only
on plants that you are not intending to ingest.
About The Author:
Peter Dobler successfully operates several web sites on the topic of
internet marketing and web site optimization. Visit his main web site
Other Gardening Related Information
me ONE Day and I'll make your lawn the most dazzling
spectacle on the block..."
thought it was too good to be true, but I gave it a shot anyway...
and it turned out to be the best decision I've ever made."
P. Lacoste, PL Lawn Care Inc.
professional gardener, finally reveals his Secret Recipes (strictly
here only and nowhere else) and why he always refused to sell
them to Multinational Companies.
Get more information
to Grow Breathtaking Orchids - Even If You've Never Raised One
"This has got to be the most comprehensive guide I have
ever seen on Orchids! My Orchids were looking a little
peaked and I desperately needed this expert advice to
make them gorgeous again. Thanks so much for giving me the knowledge
I needed to save them from death!"
Get more information
Your Own Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System
Install Your Own
Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System in 6 Days or Less and Save 67%
of the Cost! At last, you will be able to Quickly and Easily
Install the Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System You Have Always
Wanted, in less time and for less money than any contractor
you will ever find. As a lawn sprinkler service professional
for over 8 years, I have seen many people waste hundreds, if
not thousands, of dollars on unnecessary installation fees.
The very same job could have been done by them with the same
quality for a fraction of the price. And I Challenge YOU To
Save Your Hard Earned Money Right Now!
Get more information