Monday, April 6, 2009

Soil - The Most Overlooked Part Of A Garden

The one thing that is overlooked in a garden and lawns is the soil. Soil is the key to having successful plant growth, whether it be your lawn or in your garden. The common practice by most is to study there plants and give them a quick fix of nutrients by the use of chemical fertilizers to make them look healthy and green, this does nothing for the soil. Organic gardening is a method of gardening that builds a healthy soil with all the nutrients the plants need to survive naturally and without the use of chemicals.

When using this method of gardening, the soil food web is what needs to be maintained to have a healthy successful plant growth. It is what feeds the organisms in the soil to keep them alive and working hard for you to maintain a good soil structure. Chemical fertilizers are only a fast fix and can harm the soil along with killing off the beneficial complex community if life that lives in your yard or gardens soil.

Studying your soil along with watching the way nature supplies nutrients to plants naturally is a what organic gardening is about. Testing your yard or gardens soil is very important in knowing what is needed and how much soil amendments are needed to improve the soils structure that you are working with. There are tests that are simple to do yourself and that will give you a better understanding on how soil works. To improve your soils structure you should know what you are working with. The soils texture is what will classify the type of soil that you have. It is a simple test that can be done with a sample of your soil, a jar and some water.

Once you have the results of the test you will know what is needed to improve your soils structure. Other tests that also can be done easily with test kits that can be purchased online or at your local garden centers will let you know what the soils ph level is and the amount of nutrients that are presently in the soil. Not all crops grow there best in the same soil conditions. Knowing your plants and the environment that they do best in will greatly benefit you in having a high yielding productive garden.

Organic gardening is a healthy method of gardening, for both you and the environment.

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