How to Keep Your Soil Healthy and Fertile

A successful landscape is one that lasts a long time. But if you’re wondering what the secret is for a landscape’s longevity then the answer lies on the soil. If your soil is good, then you are almost always assured of growing healthy plants.

However, not every soil in the world is built for growing good plants. More often than not, there are several things you have to do first before you can even plant anything on particular plot of land. Here are some tips on how you can have a soil that is healthy and fertile.

1. Mix your soil with compost

- mixing your soil with compost makes it better in retaining air and water than ordinary soil can. Also, the compost introduces more nutrients to the soil which will help a lot in growing plants.

Creating compost can take a while, though. Active composting, wherein you take a systematic approach in creating compost, takes about a month.

Meanwhile, passive composting, the method where you let nature take its course in composting the organic materials, takes much longer.

If you are like me and live in a condo complex that doesn’t allow composters, you can always go to your local garden center and buy a bag. There are also simple things you can do like save your used coffee grounds and scatter them in the garden. Coffee grounds are good compost and keeps cats from digging.

2. Putting mulch on your soil

- mulch is any type of organic material that you put on top of your soil. It can range from cut grass to bark. Putting mulch on the soil can help the soil retain water better and prevent it from eroding easily. It also can deter weeds from growing.

3. Take it easy on the fertilizer

- just because fertilizers help put nutrients on your soil doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. In fact, too much fertilizer can have adverse effects on your soil and the environment in general.

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Gardening Quotes

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~Author Unknown

Plant carrots in January and you'll never have to eat carrots. ~Author Unknown

When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden. ~ Minnie Aumonier

The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends. ~ Persian Proverb

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. ~ Doug Larson

A good garden may have some weeds. ~ Thomas Fuller

All gardening is landscape painting. ~ William Kent

I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds. ~ Martha Smith

GARDEN HUMOR – HOW NOT TO GARDEN

DO NOT:
- use a flame thrower to thin out plants

- eat the vegetables before washing …unless you need the extra protein the bugs provide

- let your pets weed as they don’t know the difference between weeds and plant

NOTE: If you don't know the difference between a plant and a weed, pull it. If it comes out easy it's a plant, if it is hard to pull it's a weed.

- urinate in your garden. Although this is a proven way of keeping cats out of the garden, your neighbours may not approve.

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