There are whole books written about soil considerations every weekend gardener needs to consider. We have talked about the importance of pH in many articles, but there are other important areas, too.
The grade and drainage of the soil are just two other things that all matter quite a lot. You can have too much or too little water drainage, and your soil can be either too fine or too bulky, or clumpy. So how do you know what to do, and what is the best way to go about all this? It’s easy because what you plant–both in type and how it starts out will take care of everything.
You should never create a garden without thinking about what the plants will be trying to grow in. Learn to let your plants tell you what you should be doing and remember that mother nature is always in charge. The plants are going to have requirements of their own in terms of the soil in which they grow and any number of other things. Whether you’re starting with seeds, bulbs or sprouts–they will each dictate the grade and soil quality you need (and other things too). You would never want to plant seeds in clumpy soil as it needs to be fine, for example. One of the most basic considerations for anything you grow in your garden is the condition and characteristics of the soil. To use one example, it is very possible that even rank gardeners might not immediately understand that it’s important to think of things like the pH or the soil. Each plant has needs that are unique to it–especially the basic flowering plants. So if you aren’t already sure about the soil pH where you live, you need to go get one of the basic soil testing kits for your soil’s pH and find out. Once you have figured out exactly what it is that you’re dealing with, you’ll know which steps you need to take to adjust the pH levels in your gardens. Who knows, maybe this is why you haven’t been able to get something to grow successfully, even though you’ve been trying all sorts of things to find success.
Almost every gardener has heard at least something about peat moss. It’s a fair assumption, however, that most gardeners don’t use it correctly because, from what we can tell, most gardeners seem to think it only needs to be thrown in there.
Peat moss is organic and it does have a certain level of nutrition to it. It wasn’t ever meant to be used as a fertilizer though. Peat moss is fantastic for mixing into soil that is compacted so that it assumes a finger grade and a lighter quality. You can also choose to mix your peat moss with fertilizer. It’s also good to mix peat moss into soil that is really really fine which keeps it from being able to properly retain moisture. These are all gardening tips that you can feel really great about. Not only will you be working to keep your family healthy and safe, you’ll be doing the same for the people around you.