Mulch

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

Ph-Testing-30

source: livingoffthegrid

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.

yournetbiz-next-page-button

2036

mulch_colors_lg

source: naples-fertilizer

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

 

These are my four favorite benefits of coffee ground in the garden

sheet-mulch1

source: gardeningknowhow

1. As a Sheet Mulch

A garden rich in organic matter is a gardeners dream, and sheet mulching is the way to achieve this. When materials from the soil are allowed to break down naturally, it is just like making the soil in the garden a big pile of compost. The unwanted materials in the soil will turn into fertilizer overtime. It is also an effective way of removing the weeds in your garden before planting season begins. The good thing about this is that it is inexpensive and not physically demanding job to do.

yournetbiz-next-page-button

We are talking about unique tricks here! So go and read on to keep those weeds away:

1

Via Buzzfeed

1. Newspapers

Put a thick layer of those old newspapers you have in your home, on top of the soil. Prepare your beds, then your compost, and put your soaker hose down, before putting the newsaper down. Thay way, you can be sure that your plants are watered, while those weed seeds that land on top, don’t. Also, tear a hole in the newspaper where you would place the seeds. In time, it would decompose too, which will add humus to the soil.

yournetbiz-next-page-button

header

Source: Flickr TheDeliciousLife

Who doesn’t have the urge to search for cheap alternative materials that we could use for everyday life? Surely, most of us do. Well, we found out that plain old kitchen cinnamon has many great uses for your plants. So spice things up and check these 6 of the best things cinnamon can do for your greeneries:

1

Source: Flickr Sean Winters

1. Rooting hormone

See those chemical stuffs they sell for this purpose? Forget that. Just apply cinnamon powder onto your plants’ stems, when cutting.

next