There is no garden which can’t be improved with Air, Water, and Nutrients. Most homes which come with a garden might not have a great soil quality for growing any kind of plants.
And we spend a lot of money on fertilizers and manure and if we are still not successful we shell out a hefty amount on hiring gardeners, not realizing that good soil is the secret to successful gardening, and organic matter the great source of it.
Every kitchen produces enough waste which is a cost-effective way to provide the required organic matter for the plants. Here are some really simple steps which can be followed before planting or it can be used in an existing garden for improving garden soil quality.
What are the effective ways of Improving garden soil quality?
Dry and Wet Compost Pits.
There should actually be two pits – one which can contain dry vegetable peels, grass, dry leaves, flowers etc., and another which can contain wet compost like fruit peels, rotten fruits, and vegetables, animal waste.
The reason for keeping them separate if you don’t always need the compost to be wet which can lead to rotting of roots in case of some plants which don’t require too much watering as well as having a stinky surrounding!
Your wet compost is useful when you want to use vermicompost. Allow the worms to take care of the heavy work of tilling the soil.
Leaves and grass
The fallen leaves and the trimmed out the grass is the soils best friend. Then help retain the moisture in the dry sandy soil and balances the clay soil. As they are full of minerals the earthworms and other microbes feed on them. It provides the soil with the much-needed carbon and increases nutrients in the soil naturally.
Leaf mold rivals peat in its ability to retain moisture.
Dry out the eggshell so it is easy to crush and add it to the soil. You just gave it the needed calcium!
Another way of using the eggshells is to boil them and allow to sit in the water for a few hours. Then strain the water and use it for watering the plants. This enriches the soil with calcium and potassium.
You might raise your brows when you hear this but yes it works wonders for the soil. The natural sugars, enzymes, and proteins present in the milk work wonder for the soil. Using 80% water and 20% raw, untreated milk and spraying it to the soil prior to planting can double the ability of the soil to absorb air and water.
Leaves and seeds of Neem Tree.
The seeds, as well as the leaves of this plant, works wonders in improving the fertility of the soil as it helps enrich the soil and lowers the loss of nitrogen. This also works as a pesticide for plants.
Boiling of these leaves as using it as a spray or using of neem oil for spraying takes care of more than 200 species of insects, some of which include – aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, and mites.
These are some of the tried and tested methods of improving garden soil. These cost-effective and simple methods are sure to achieve the desired result of owning a dream garden full of vibrant colors and lush greenery.
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