Monday, April 26, 2010

The Importance of soil

Wow! I’m now ready to do some gardening in my backyard. I only have a little space since we live in a townhouse. We are not allowed to touch the front yard. There’s already garden up there. The management will take care of it. Anyway I have to start from the scratch making garden beds so I need to stuff to make it happen. Now here are some gardening tips that I learn from Mark Cullen.
The Importance of soil: The cornerstone of every great garden!
90 % of success in the garden is the direct result of proper soil preparation. Good garden soil is composed of 45 % minerals, 25% air, 25% water and 5% organic matter. Did you know that? If you were digging in your garden you probably know if you are dealing with very sandy soil, heavy clay or in between.
Soil Improvement: Add 2 to 4 cm (3/4 to 1 ½ inches) of new organic material consisting of compost, composted cattle, sheep or steer manure to your beds each year.
Compost Improves: soil structure attracts earth enhancing “earth worms’ and adds fertility to the soil. The decomposing organic material aerates and conditions the soil, making it friable, as the microorganisms work their way through. Happy gardening!

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