I have rambled on time and time again about you need to be prepared to put as much money into the soil as you do into the plants and planning itself. As i start a few other gardening project its something i always talk about so i thought i woudl share some of the things i think lead to healths, successful gardening…
Okay so i am an organic gardener, i once sprayed with a chemical for ticks and regreted immediately. The damage to the larger wild life is too terrible to stand so please just don’t do it. Theres so many organic alternatives today and there is too much at risk. So this is the first season i am trying Nematodes. After hours of gardeners question time listening (bbc 4) i looked into it and plunced down some cash to try them. I havent really had alot of issues with grubs but do always dig them up when gardening so in order to protect all my precious plants its worth trying. Also the slugs love lupins, but i love lupins more. I always do the can of beer trick and i use an organic slug pellet but these are supposed to improve the overall health of the soils
Beneficial Nematodes are live microscopic organisms (non-segmented round worms) that occur naturally in soil throughout the world. They are parasitic to insect pests that typically have a larval or pupal stage of life in the soil; however, they have been known to also parasitize above ground stages of adults, nymphs and larvae.
Stay tuned to see if i notice a difference
The next item i literally swear by. Black Kow manure. I love this stuff, cant get enough of it. Its magic. I dig it into every bed and do a sort of mulch with it. If i had the time i woudl be gathering all sorts of manure from local farms but do the city thing really gets in the way of the full homesteader lifestyle so this stuff is pure gold.
You can get it at home depot and also there is a scotts product called Humus and Manure which i also love. Go buy it and put it on your garden now. Your plants will thank you…
The other item is miracle grow garden soil. The 2CU bags are the best deal out there and you can usually find them on offer at home depot or at Tractor supply store. I always have this on hand as by the time you have bought a bunch of plant the last thing you want to then lug home is more soil. Its sounds crazy but it gives me great comfort to have a bunch of bags of this and black kow on hand. Enriching soil is a favorite pass time…i’m just crazy like that.
This is a new one for me so any thoughts feel free to chime in. Azomite is essential mineral that are added back to the soil. Not sure where i heard about this but it was probably on gardeners world so im giving this a try as well this season. Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health. The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water an estimated 30 million years ago.
So thats really it for soil health. I am currently composting but again i don’t really generate enough waste from the weekends so in an ideal world that would also be added. In the kitchen garden i did add my first batch of home made compost and the worms looked happy. Leaf mold is also on the todo list as i have so mutch that is generates around me. I do have a small batch on the go. I really need to get on it and rake more and actually buy a leaf shredder. The list is endless….
I feed specific plants such as my roses and box and holly with the required various feeds monthly as directed during the growing season.
My last loves are a fish/seaweed fertilizer and Super Compost Tea. Compost tea the fox gloves, lupins and really all my flowering perennials love. The Fish fertilizer smells strong and i like to do a leaf feed so i soak the plants such as the Box during the spring.
This is the tip of the ice berg when it comes to plant feeding and i generally go with the little and often. Too much of anything is a bad thing so it better to give a little and just notice the results…
Now get out there and get your hands dirty…..