Gardening can be a fun activity to be done with your families especially with young children as they really like to do outdoor activities.
As we all know, one of the important things that need to be looked into in order for you to succeed in your gardening activities is the soil.
You really need a very good soil so that your plants can grow healthily and vigorously, no matter what you are planting either ornamental or vegetable plants.
This is even more important if you intend to do gardening organically as the uses of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited.
This factor may not be a problem for people who have good soils around their properties, but how about people who do not have good soils around them? Should they just forget about the gardening activities?
The answer is no, people who do have good soils around them can still do gardening activities provided the first need to fix the problems of their soils.
This seems a little tedious works to be done, however it is not as what you think. Fixing bad soils does not require a really hard works and is very easy. You just need to apply a few things into the soil before you could use them to plant your plants.
Before we talk about how to improve your garden soil, you initially need to know what is the problems of your soils that need to be improved.
Below are some of the common soil problems and how you can overcome it.
1. Sandy or Clay Soil
Sandy or clay soils are type of soils that is not suitable for plantings.
The problem with sandy soil is that it could not retain water and the problem with clay type of soil is that it retain too much of water.
Both of these soils type will make your plants wilt and eventually die.
To improve both of the soils is quite simple; you just need to add a lot of organic matters or compost into your soil.
Organic matters and compost could help to improve the structure of both soils that eventually allows you to do gardening successfully.
2. Soils Too Compact
If your soils happened to be too compact just add more organic matters especially compost to soften your soil.
You can also try to introduce beneficial organism to your soil such earthworm to help to improve your soil.
Earthworm can easily be bought nowadays a nearest gardening store.
Earthworms help a lot in improving your garden soil. They can help to improve soils structure, increase nutrient availability, improve soil air circulation, and help in the decaying process of organic matter.
3. Soil’s pH too acidic or too alkaline.
Please do not be anxious is your soil happened to have problem with pH. This problem is very easy to be solved.
You usually need to maintain your soil in the range of 5.5 to 7.5. Most plants usually can live well in that pH range.
To solve the soil pH that is too high or too alkaline, you just need to apply sulfur and to solve the soil pH that is too low or too acidic you just need to apply agriculture lime.
These two substances are also easily available to be bought at the agriculture shops either online or at your hometown.
4. Lack of Nutrient
If you have done a soil test on your soil and you found that there are certain nutrients that are lacking from your soil, please do not be worried as you can also fixed that problem.
There are two ways on how you can do this, first is by doing it conventionally and second is by doing it organically.
If you would like to do gardening using conventional methods then it is easy for you as you just need to buy whatever chemical fertilizers that are rich with the nutrients that your soils are lack off and apply the to your soils.
However, if you are planning to do it organically, it is a little bit tricky for you as there are many type of organic fertilizers out there and each of them have different composition of different nutrients.
Examples of organic fertilizers are manure, compost, bone meals, blood meals, earthworms’ castings and bat guano. You can try any of them.
To make things easier for you, there are also organic fertilizers that being sold in the market that specify the nutrients contained within the fertilizer. May be you should this type of fertilizers to make things less complicated.
Another way that you can do to increase to nutrients availability within your soil is by introducing beneficial organism as well as microorganism into your soil.
The soil organism and microbes will help to increase the availability of nutrients within your soil in many ways.
They can help in decaying organic matters that will eventually release back all the nutrients that once stored within the organic matters into the soil in the form that is easy to be taken by the plants.
Other type of microbes such as the nitrogen fixation bacteria help to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into the form that can be taken by plants within the soils.
If you are having problems with your soil, just try to do what have been mentioned here to your soil.
It is high possibility that your soil condition could be improved and you can start do your gardening activities on that soil.
It makes take some time for your soil to be fully improved after you have done the correction works.
However, you do not have to wait too long to start planting your plants. Just do whatever you want to do with at the mean time continue to improve your soil.
You can also add mulches onto your soil when planting you plants so that your soil condition will improve in time.
This is the end of this article; should you have any suggestions or questions regarding the topic that we have been discussing, please do not hesitate to write it in the comment section below. I will surely get back to you.
Anyone who has other suggestions in improving the soil condition easily, you are very welcome to write in the comment section below so that it could help other people who are having problem with their soil.