Cure The Soil to Revive Your Garden With These Tips from Dr. Willard’s®!
In order to grow healthy fruit and vegetables and beautiful flowers in your garden, you need to have healthy soil. If your attempts at gardening have not gone as planned, you need to check your soil to see if it can be causing the problem, as soil is the number one determinant of a successful garden. In this article, we will explain what healthy soil consists of, and how to cure your soil to revive your garden.
Healthy Soil Facts
Texture and Fertility
When evaluating soil, you need to check its texture and fertility levels. The soil’s texture depends on “the size of the soil particles and their cohesiveness,” while the fertility levels are “a combination of essential nutrients and a pH that makes these nutrients available to the plants,” explains About Home.
Clay soil has small particles, not allowing water and roots to move too much, while sandy soil has bigger particles. Make a ball from your soil and see if it breaks apart easily when you tap it, recommends About Home. If it does, it’s sandy; however, “if you can press it between your thumb and finger and make a ribbon, it’s clay.” Click here for tips on modifying your soil’s texture for optimal gardening.
The plants you grow in your garden need nutrients to grow. The three vital nutrients your soil needs are nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. You can do soil testing to make sure your garden soil has adequate nutrient levels.
The most important ingredient for your plants is nitrogen, which regulates how stems and leaves grow. The amount of nitrogen in soil gets absorbed by plants and since it’s water soluble it washes out; however, adding nitrogen to soil needs to be done very carefully as an excess of it will promote foliage to thrive instead of fruit or flowers, according to About Home. You can replenish oxygen levels with fertilizers.
Large amounts of potassium keep the plants’ immune systems healthy to help them reproduce and grow. Potassium dictates how big the plant will grow, its color, shape and taste.
The type of soil used and the weather where you live will dictate how much potassium your current soil has, and if it’s enough to grow your plants. If you need additional potassium, certain fertilizers supply it.
To help roots grow strong and deep and to aid in flower growth, a nutrient called phosphorus is required. It converts the sun’s rays into beneficial plant compounds. Fertilizers or bone meal add phosphorus to your soil, and it will stay there until there is soil erosion or the crops are removed.
Your soil’s pH levels measure whether your soil is acidic or alkaline. On a pH scale of 1.0 to 14.0, 7.0 is neutral. The lower your soil measures on the scale, the more acidic your soil is, the higher the soil measures the more alkaline it is. There are various soil tests you can conduct to check for pH levels.
Depending on what you want to plan in your garden, you want your soil more alkaline or acidic. Blueberries, raspberries, parsley, peanuts and sweet potatoes like an acidic soil. On the other hand, apples, pumpkins, corn, cucumbers, basil and garlic like an alkaline soil. You can use a soil amendment or additive to slowly change your soil’s pH levels.
Dr. Willard’s® PlantCatalyst®
Adding fertilizer to your soil can get expensive, not to mention that many common fertilizers have several disadvantages. Livestrong states that excess fertilizer that runs off into our water supplies decreases oxygen levels in the water that affects wildlife and fish. Additionally, fertilizers may contain toxic waste particles, and cause greenhouse gas pollution.
To use up to 50 percent less fertilizer, add PlantCatalyst® to your garden routine. This will cut down on the price of fertilizer, as well as the toxin levels in your soil and our environment. PlantCatalyst® is made from all natural ingredients and contains no harmful toxic ingredients. Using PlantCatalyst® promotes healthy and abundant plant growth, increased germination rates, decreased growing times and increased production. Plus, using it will put more money in your pocket by both decreasing the amount of expensive fertilizer used and increase yield.
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