Healthy soil is the first step to healthy productive plants. It’s important to feed your soil and prepare it before you plant each season.
Get your soil ready for planting
Prepare your soil for planting by adding compost
I prepare my soil by doing a few things. First, I add lots of compost. If you make your own, great! If not, bagged also works. Be sure to buy several different brands so your garden gets a nice blend.
If you are just getting started and wondering which soil to fill your raised beds with, this post explains the mix I like to use.
Test your soil and add correct amendments
It’s important to have your soil tested. A soil test can determine the health of your soil. A soil test measures nutrient deficiencies and the pH level. Having your soil tested provides the necessary information on what your garden may be lacking, and what would be beneficial to add. After testing, add any or all of the following to your soil before planting to prepare the soil.
Prepare your soil for planting by adding Azomite
Watering and growing plants year after year depletes essential minerals and micro-nutrients from soils. Adding Azomite can improve soils that have been depleted of these important minerals and micro-nutrients.
Prepare your soil for planting by adding worm castings
Worm castings are one of the best natural fertilizers. They encourage plant growth and are absorbed easily and immediately by plants. Worm castings add beneficial microbes and bacteria to the soil. They also make soil more absorbent, helping to prevent soil from completely drying out.
Prepare your soil for planting by adding Gypsum
Prepare your soil for planting by adding Blood Meal
Blood meal acts quickly in the garden to fix nitrogen deficiency. One application can feed plants for several weeks. Be careful when applying nitrogen to young plants, as too much can burn them. I like to add some into the soil before planting. Be sure to follow label instructions for proper amounts.
Prepare your soil for planting by adding Bone Meal
Bone meal adds phosphorus and calcium to the soil. Plants need phosphorus for healthy root development and flower growth. The nitrogen and calcium it contains are also beneficial to plants. If used in the correct amount, there is little risk of burning plants because bone meal is taken up by plants slowly over time.
Your garden soil needs a variety of nutrients to thrive. Taking the time at the beginning of each season to add compost and amendments to your soil will improve not only your soil but your harvests too!