Organic garden soil has become the go to choice for many people who do gardening. Anyone can just go out and buy their own soil, but you can easily make your own soil. When you make the soil yourself, you can control the amount of ingredients that go into it, and tailor it to suit the specific needs of your plants.
Manure, which comes form livestock waste, is a good source of nitrogen for garden soil, which plants use to produce chlorophyll, a key component in their survival. A time period of three months should be given between when the manure is applied and when crops are harvested to prevent the chances of pathogens from the manure getting onto the plants. Overuse of manure can cause a build up of other nutrients in excess amounts. Human manure can also be used, but the risk of pathogens is even higher than with livestock.
Add a little peat moss to the mix of your soil. This moss increases the ability of the soil to retain water, which will be necessary on those days where there is a lot of heat from the sun. The moss also makes the soil a little bit lighter, which counteracts the denseness of a compost. The roots of the plants will love this, as they will be able to stretch out more evenly and grow downward. Compacted roots can be avoided with this simple mix, and it’s fairly inexpensive to purchase.
Organic waste can be put together and recycled in a compost pile. Over time, the waste will break down and leave nothing but nutrient rich material that the plants will love. A quarter inch of compost per season will give the plants enough nutrients over a slow release, all while keeping water in and preventing the plants from getting nutrients. Use green materials high concentrations of carbon and nitrogen, along with dry, brown materials when making the compost in bins.
Composting can also be done with earthworms in the materials. These creatures speed up the production of the nutrient rich matter by converting the existing material into that which plants can use. These worms also have carry microbes, which are beneficial the soil as a whole.
The pH level of the soil is also something to think about when making the soil for your garden. Some plants thrive better under some pH levels than others. It wouldn’t be too wise to use a catch all soil for every plant you have without knowing exactly the conditions in which that plant will thrive. Research for plant specific pH levels must be done, and then adjusted accordingly. Most stores sell a kit that allows you to test the pH and nutrient levels of the soil before use.
Soil is a key medium for plants to absorb their nutrients, and when you make your own soil, it will be packed with everything your plants need. Try some of these tips when you make the organic garden soil for flowers, and watch how well they grow and thrive.