This year has witnessed a sudden surge in the number of people who gained an interest in creating or tending a garden. Amateur gardeners started with such enthusiasm, thinking that having plants and caring for them is just child play. But along the way, most beginners discovered that there is indeed more to gardening than what meets the eye. In this post, we'll tackle one of the most important things that an amateur gardener must know before everything else. Check out the tips about how to choose the right soil for your plants.
Successful Gardening Starts from the Right Soil
It might seem a little strange to buy soil for your desired garden with plenty of dirt or soil around you. Perhaps, you might even think that your backyard soil is enough to serve the purpose. However, if you want to have a beautiful and thriving garden, you have to adopt the mindset that not all soils are created equal. They have their respective properties, and choosing the right one depends on the purpose you have in mind. Image by Congerdesign from Pixabay
1. Garden Bed Soil
Garden beds, or better known as landscape beds, are best for growing perennials, annuals, or shrubs. Most gardeners buy garden soil or topsoil and gradually add them to their existing garden beds from time to time. Perhaps, you might wonder why there is a need to add more soil from time to time when you already have enough. Well, as time goes by, garden soil runs out of organic matters that serve as the food for your plants. You need to add organic matter such as manure and compost to feed microbes and make the soil friable by adding more air. Keep in mind that you don't have to dig into your garden soil when adding organic matter. Just layer it on top of your soil and let the natural factors move it for you. Image by Jing from Pixabay
2. Container Soil
If you think of having a potted garden, you need potting soil or a potting mix. This type of soil is airy and light, which is suitable for container plants. However, keep in mind that potting soil cannot hold moisture for a long time, so you need to add a little bit of topsoil or garden soil. Image by Andreas Göllner from Pixabay
3. Vegetable Bed Soil
If you are planning to have a vegetable garden, there is not much need to buy soil. You can plant the vegetables in your backyard. Furthermore, you don't even need to raise the ground and make a bed. Instead, what you should keep in mind is to add organic matter. It is recommended to dig in the compost and manure if it is your first time to plant. But, as you go along the process, be mindful not to disturb the soil as much as possible. Notably, digging the organic matter into the ground increases the weed growth, abolishes the soil's structure, and speeds up the organic matter's decomposition.
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4. New Lawn Soil
If you want to tend your lawn, it is highly recommended to buy a triple mix. Regardless if you will grow your grass from seed or sod, adding an inch or two of the triple mix in your front yard soil will result in beautiful greens. However, to slow the process of soil shrinking, make sure you have topsoil under your grass. Then, top dress your new lawn with organic matters once or twice a year.
Remember, the best soil for your garden depends on the kinds of plants you want to have. While most plants thrive in loamy soil, there are exotic kinds that prefer porous, sandy soils. To ensure that you can pick the best soil for your plants, you must understand gardening soil types and properties out there. Fortunately, you would never run out of helpful tips from expert gardeners around the world. All you have to do is to be vigilant in checking out your information resources. Combine it with actual gardening experience and before you know it, you're already an expert! Image by John Mounsey from Pixabay
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