You should think of your garden as a living thing. Each component of your garden has to be healthy and happy, otherwise the rest of your garden will suffer – and it’s not just your plants that have to be healthy. Sometimes soil develops problems that impact the health of your plants. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to spot and fix.
1) Soil with high salt content
If your soil is too salty, it will not be as fertile as other soils. This problem most often occurs in coastal regions as the result of sea water spray, but it can also happen if an underground water table is to close to the ground’s surface. You’ll notice if your soil has too much sodium if you see white specks visible on the soil’s surface.To fix it, try giving your soil a good soak with fresh water.
2) Unbalanced pH level
If your soil is healthy, your plants should look healthy too. But if your garden consistently has small, sickly looking plants, your soil’s pH level may either be too high or too low. If it’s too high, try adding pure sulphur to your garden (but use it sparingly if you’ve already got plants in the ground). You can also try compost or manure to balance out the pH. If the pH is too low, lime is a great solution. Do some research about how much you should use before you go this route.
3) Not enough nutrients
Your garden and its soil require some essential nutrients to thrive: nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and a few others. Without them, your plants won’t be blooming like they’re supposed to. To add to your soil’s nutrient content, try adding compost, manure, seaweed or granite dust to your garden’s soil.
4) No organic matter
Organic matter is present in topsoil, and its benefits include supplying your plants with nutrients and retaining water. But without organic matter, your garden won’t have what it needs to survive. Loss of organic matter happens with soil erosion, so you should try to prevent this from happening. If you can’t, you can continue adding compost into the soil or regularly add topsoil to your garden.
You probably don’t pay much attention to the size of your soil’s particles, but this does have an affect on your garden. Small particles prevent the soil from soaking up enough water causing your garden to flood, whereas larger particles will cause your plants to dry out. A quick fix for this soil problem is compost or sand to improve drainage.
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