Either you are preparing the soil for the next crop, or you are just going to start. All you need to know is some basics before sowing seed. What are these tips?
These are simple tips to prepare your soil bed for perfect gardening. How can it help you? Soil does not have all the essentials which are needed to promote the healthy and quick growth of plants. That is why we need to prepare the soil bed before gardening. So, start from here:
It is not difficult for you to nurture your soil, you can do it just by digging it up. While doing this, make sure to remove rocks and weeds or any unwanted thing from the soil. Remember to pull the weed from roots otherwise, it will come back.
After digging your soil up to 3 inches. Do research or know your soil type. Why? Every plant has different needs which can be completed if the soil has all those essentials. But every soil is not perfect for every plant that is why we need to know the soil type according to the plant. Then, add Organic Potting Mix, to help improve drainage and airflow. These two things (Drainage & Airflow) are very important for gardening.
Dig a hole of 12-18 inches in the soil and fill it with water. Now, calculate the time it takes to drain. Refill the hole with water and calculate the time again. Now, divide the total water depth (12-18 inches) by the total time it took to drain. If water drains from the hole in 10 minutes or less, that means your soil has fast drainage. But if it takes more than the prescribed time, then try to relocate your garden or replace the topsoil with the best one.
Note: Clay soil has less absorbing power, but it can retain it for more time, whereas sandy soil has fast absorbing power, but it cannot hold water for a long time
It helps to study the soil you are working with. Whether it is clay or sandy, you have to add fertile topsoil or fertilizer over the dig garden area.
Before planting any crop is it required to know about the nature of soil - Acidic or Alkaline. Why do you need to know?
Tomato, cucumber, garlic, onions, asparagus-like acidic soil (pH 5.8-6.6) because they need wet climates. And acidic soil is predominant in that climate.
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard, turnip prefer alkaline soil (pH 6.0-7.5) because they are found in dry areas. That is why you needed to know about your soil pH before planting your future plant.
There are many kits available in the market which claim that they can check the accurate soil pH. So, buy a kit and do a test and know your soil pH then plant accordingly. Or you can take your soil sample to any nursery nearby you and ask them to check the pH balance.
After, knowing your soil pH, amend it accordingly with an organic potting mix.
Yes, Sketching! It is important to plant after planning. This will help you to grow more plants in less area with leaving an accurate distance between them. This makes your garden look pretty.
Some plants like Pea & beans need support. So, manage a space to give them support through any thread or insert stake to hold them up. For plants like cucumber & melons, build mounds of earth.
Make a proper way through your garden so that you can reach every plant and nurture them without any complications.
It is better to choose Bonnie plants instead of seeds because they need less care and grow faster. Give your plants a boost of Organic Liquid fertilizer that contains all essentials to nourish your plant and promote quick growth. It also prepares the soil bed for the next crop & balances the soil pH.