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Yes it stinks! But for farmers, beginners and old timers alike, there is no sweeter smell than the aroma of manure being applied and added to the soil to bring out the very best of the garden. Adding manure to the garden will help build the soils carbon compounds that is important in the buildup of the soil structure. A soil rich in organic compounds will give the gardener a healthy, big, and bountiful crops that will make every gardener proud.

Here are 5 Tips On How Manure Can Greatly Help Your Garden

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1. What kind is best to use?

There are many different kinds of animal manure that is good for the soil. Horses, cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chicken manure are all tried and proven tested that when applied will bring out the best in the soil. Never use pigs, cats, dogs, and human manure in your garden because the parasites and diseases that are in these types of manure can easily transfer to humans.

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There is no such thing as a perfect planting soil. Every soil, whatever type it may be has its positives and negatives about them. The best thing about soil is that it can be improved to become the best planting soil for any crops that will be grown in them. Clay soil for example, has some great features and if improved can be considered as one of the best planting soil that can be used. Treat it properly and you will not only have a garden to die for but it will also reward you with a bountiful harvest that every gardener can only dream of.

6 Tips for Improving Your Clay Soil

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1. Test your soil

An alkaline and acidic rich soil can hamper the proper growth of plants in the garden. Having too much alkaline and acid in the soil will limit the availability of soil nutrients to plants. So, testing your soil is important in determining if your clay soil is good for planting or if it needs treatment. You can check your soil yourself by using home test kit or you can let the nearest laboratory to do the soil testing for you. A pH of 6.3-6.8 is the acceptable range for a soil to be ideal for garden plants.

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Do you want your garden soil to have better moisture retention properties and high in nutrients? Then, creating your own leaf mold is your answer. Creating a leaf mold will also encourage the growth of helpful bacteria that is beneficial to the soil. It will also enrich the soil and in turn makes the crops that will be grown in the soil have a better quality and more yield during harvest.

7 Tips in Making Leaf Mold

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1. Patience is a Virtue

Making your very own leaf mold requires time and a lot of patience. It usually takes about 2 years until your leaf mold is ready to be harvested. It is also best if your leaf mold is located in the wettest area in the garden because wet areas will produce the best fungi for the cold process.

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We always talk about mulch and its importance in organic gardening. But why is much so important and what benefits does it give?

Here are 5 Benefits of Mulch in the Garden

  1. Mulch keeps the weeds at bay. By applying mulch in our garden beds, weed seeds will have a hard time sprouting because the mulch will block the light coming from the sun.
  2. Mulch maintains soil tilt and fertility. Mulch can help provide the soil with the nutrients that our plants will need once they are planted in our gardens. Mulch can act as a sanctuary for many beneficial microorganisms that is beneficial to the soil. Mulch also helps soil from compaction during winter season.
  3. Mulch keeps water where it belongs. Mulch is a water saver. When mulch is applied in the soil, the water that was used in watering the plants will be kept on the ground and it will not flow on the gardens pathways. Thus, reducing water waste and helps prevent garden diseases.
  4. Mulch helps control garden pests.  Mulch helps plants become healthier and stronger against garden pests because by applying mulch in the garden, the nutrients of the soil will be slowly released to the plants making the plants grow stronger to resist diseases and pests.
  5. Mulch keeps the garden tidy. There is nothing more beautiful than a garden with healthy fruits and veggies growing in them. Mulch can help us achieve this. Just blanket your garden beds with your best available mulch and you can be sure that your garden will not only look neat and tidy but also healthy and weed free.

Also read: The Best Mulch Materials for a Vegetable GardenMulching

 

COMPOSTING… One of the lifelines of organic gardening. Composting is easy and it can be done in different ways. Ways in which the gardener is most comfortable with and what he thinks is the most easiest and simplest way on doing it. Composting can be simply defined as the breaking down of organic matter and turning it into the best compost available that will be used in the betterment of the planting soil in the garden. So, before you throw all those food away that you do not want in the kitchen, why not add them to your compost bins and compost them instead.

Here are 5 simple and effective techniques in composting that every gardener should try.

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1. Bin composting

A very easy and simple way of composting. Just create three separate compost bins of equal sizes. Place your compost materials in the first bin. After it is full, move to the next bin and fill it up also.Then after the second bin is also full, use your final bin. The only downside to this method is the time it takes for the decomposition process to finish.  It takes about 2-3 years for materials to decompose using this method. So, if you have a lot of time and patience to spare, then, Bin composting is for you.

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