Organic gardening: how to prepare the soil in spring {Guest Post}


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Now that the spring is knocking at your door and you wonder how to revive the atmosphere at home, do not forget about taking a look at your lovely garden. During the winter you may have neglected it for a while, but when spring is approaching, you need to provide some basic procedures, in case you are determined to maintain the garden in an excellent condition.

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You do not need to be a keen gardener to be able to take care of it. Reviving of the garden and preparing the soil for the spring requires your time, however, as long as you are supplied with the right equipment and information ,you will ideally manage with the tasks.
Thanks to this piece of article you will receive valuable information about the effective steps for treating your garden after the end of the winter.

Now, roll up sleeves, read the following lines and do not postpone all those refreshing procedures that are awaiting for you.

As healthy soil tends to be the most important thing for your plants, you need to pay special attention when preparing it. Here are some valuable tips from gardeners in Chelsea:
  
Test The Soil

If you want to determine the exact materials that are found in the soil, you had better get it tested.
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You can easily find professional services that provide soil test. The test will show the level of magnesium,phosphorus, potassium, and other materials. This procedure is essential for those gardeners who use a lot of organic matter to the soil and who want to receive more details about the consistency of the soil.

Dig deeply

If you want to have the roots grown in steadily, you need to dig deeply when planting your flowers. This means that 6 to 8 inches would be more than enough for ensuring suitable environment for the plants. In case you want to grow carrots or potatoes, do not hesitate to go deeper and to use the so familiar technique that is called hilling – for the purpose you need to gather the good soil around the crops

What to Add
You should enrich your soil with organic substances on a regular basis, unless you want to have your vegetables and fruit suffer from lack of nutrients. Before adding any organic matter first determine what the soil really lacks. Among the most widespread organic amendments that are used are:

·      manure
·      sand
·      lime
·      compost
·      sawdust
·      leafmold


Depending on the condition of the soil, you are free to pick from the following ones. For instance, compost is widely recommended for retaining of the moisture and it supplies the soil with a wide range of nutrients. Sand, on the other hand, contributes for the improvement of the drainage of the soil, which stimulates the root growth. In case you decide to use composted manure, you need to know that it is rich in nitrogen and that it also helps for the moisture retention. One important tip to take into account is never to use fresh manure – it contains a high level of ammonia which would be more than harmful for the plants. Choosing sawdust for your soil will also improve the drainage as well as the texture.

The conclusion that could be made is that you have a wide range of options when you prepare the soil for the upcoming spring. My personal advice is not  to trust everything that you have heard about the treatment of organic soil, but to choose the methods that are most appropriate for your type of soil.

The article was written by Anna W. Aamone

2 comments:

  1. I have never tested soil before. It does sound like an important step to do before planting!

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