How to Improve Your Soil

 

 

Having well cultivated soil, rich in humus, is essential for creating a good environment in which to grow plants. If you have recently had any kind of building work taking place either on your garden or to your home, the building operations will have entailed a lot of disturbance to the original soil structure, so measures must be taken to prepare it for future horticultural use. As thorough care of your gardens’ soil is vital when it comes to your plants survival, here are a few do’s and don’ts that should be taken into consideration when looking to improve your soil.

 

Do…

 

…keep adding organic matter to sandy, chalky, flinty or gravelly soils as they are naturally hungry and added organic matter decomposes to nothing quickly

 

…save everything that will rot down to put on the compost heap. It is the ideal form of recycling and saves space in landfill sites

 

Don’t…

 

…add lime to break up clay soil unless you have carried out a soil test first; some clay soil is naturally limy and adding more wont help

 

…spend a fortune on clay cures. Instead spread 5cm (2 inches) of gritty sand or fine shingle over the surface and fork it in; or spread grit, then spread a thick organic mulch on top and let the worms mix it in for you.

 

 

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