Did you know that you don’t have to be content with your garden soil? What you start with is not what you have to stick with, if your soil is currently far from ideal.
Instead, you can test, cover, and add to your soil to make it better.
But what if you aren’t sure how to test your soil? What if you aren’t sure what to add to your soil or how to go about covering it?
Well, you are in the right place. I’m going to walk you through all the options you have for improving your garden soil.
Ways to Improve Garden Soil
Here is what you need to know to have amazing soil in your garden:
1. Compost is Your Friend
Compost is made up of organic matter. You can use kitchen scraps and various other household items to create compost.
Once these items have broken down, they are a great addition to your garden. They help bind the soil together in an aerated fashion.
Depending on your soil needs, you should add roughly three to four inches your first year. Add two inches of compost per year to your garden every year after.
2. Mulch and Your Plants Go Hand in Hand
Mulch is another magnificent addition to your garden soil. It should be added around the base of your plants during planting.
After the mulch is applied to the base of the plant, it will help retain any moisture that is applied to the plant through rainfall or watering by hand.
It also helps to keep the soil cool around the plant, which is good for both the plant and your dirt.
3. Cover Crops Helps
When winter time comes, we tear up our gardens. The ground is left bare and exposed which often means that the soil has nutrients stripped from it because there is no protection.
If this is a concern to you, and you’ve seen adverse effects showing up in your soil the next spring, you should consider planting a cover crop.
Cover crops are plants (such as wheat) that will come in thick or sprawl out and cover the ground in which they’ve been planted. By covering the soil, they protect it from the elements.