Tag Archives: Soil

Who does not love tomatoes? We have set up a guide for you to grow the best tomatoes. After this guide, how long it takes, and how to grow tomatoes won’t have any secrets for you.  Tomatoes love the sun; that is why we are reminded of a sunny day whenever we eat pasta but forget about these store-bought tomato sauces; these are far from the real taste of tomato sauce that you will get to enjoy. It takes a minimum of 60 days for tomatoes to grow, and it can go up to 100 days. As I mentioned earlier, tomatoes love the sun so, it is logical that they cannot bear frost. It is better to start planting the seed first and then to transplant when the climate is better. In this article, we will go through the planting process; you will want to read the other parts of…

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Juice Garden

Winter can be a tough time for gardeners; losing their plants and one of their favourite hobbies is not fun. How about I tell you that there are some plants that you can grow in winter? The key to a thriving garden in winter is knowing which vegetables are best suited to this kind of weather. When should you plant? Most vegetables for winter growing are planted between mid-summer and early autumn, depending on the variety. When buying seeds, choose plants that are more cold-hardy. For example, if you love dinosaur kale (which is a summer, spring and autumn vegetable), you should choose winter bor kale, a type of kale that is cold tolerant. Which vegetables to plant? Lettuce Have you ever reached for lettuce in the supermarket in winter but pushed it aside because of the price? Growing your own lettuce over the winter can also save you money…

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Compost

The key to a healthy and thriving garden is your compost. In previous articles, we’ve covered the basics of composting and various methods to speed it up for our impatient gardeners out there. The thing is, it takes us at least three to six months to make decent compost, but this process can be extended if there are problems. To avoid these, we’ll go over the most common issues and ways to fix them. How do I recognize the perfect compost? The perfect compost has a fine and crumbly texture. It smells earthy, and the ingredients that were in the compost are no longer visible. It should be dark brown and have a uniform consistency. This is when you’ll know your compost is full of nutrients and ready to be used. It doesn’t matter if you are new to gardening or have a lot of experience; these composting problems can…

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Fertilizers

Fertilizing is still a vague topic for most amateur gardeners with many of them using more fertilizer than necessary. Nowadays, gardeners favour organic fertilizers instead of chemical fertilizers when preparing the soil to welcome new plants. What Fertilizers Can You Use? There are natural fertilizers like animal manure from cows, sheep, or horses. Cow manure is probably the best of the three, but it really depends on your soil type. There should be a mix of one part manure to six parts of soil. However, keep in mind that manured soil should be at least six months to one year old before usage. Compost is another organic fertilizer, but gardeners often complain that it takes too long to manufacture. Compost, with speeding methods, can be ready in around six months, but it can take up to three years to be completely ready. There are many options of organic fertilizers, for…

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What’s the secret to raising healthy, carefree vegetables and flowers? Great soil. Upon first glance, a garden may appear to be the perfect picture of health. However, further examination may reveal that the garden isn’t all that it seems, and perhaps that healthy facade is artificially manufactured. Chemical fertilizers and an abundance of water may temporarily boost a garden’s appearance, but gardens need more than a rapid fix to maintain long-term health.  How can you tell if your soil has what plants need? By merely carrying out a soil test! When you send a soil sample to a lab, you’ll surely get a detailed analysis of soil nutrients and find out about deficiencies. That’s valuable information but can sometimes cost some bucks. The good news is that you can test your soil using quite simple methods, which cost nothing! And the only items you need are a few basic tools…

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Types of soil

Garden soil is made up of 4 main physical elements in varying amounts that determine your soil type: sand, limestone, clay and humus. Perfect soil is called free soil: clay: about 20% limestone: about 10% humus: about 10% sand: about 60%. The goal, with the amendments below, is to get as close as possible to the free soil because, obviously, it does not exist in its natural state! But you still need to know how to recognize your soil type in order to improve it without necessarily having to call in a specialist. Clay Garden Soil Clay holds moisture effectively due to its density, and it also has a higher nutrient content than other soil types. This is because clay soil particles are negatively charged, meaning they attract and retain positively charged ions like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. If you feel that your clay soil is having some tough times,…

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