So you’re ready to start a killer garden this year? There’s nothing better than fresh grown fruits and vegetables right from your back yard. They taste better, are cheaper than store bought veggies, and are at the peak of freshness. That is if you can keep the plants healthy enough to harvest. The tips that follow are time tested and work incredibly well for turbo charging your garden beds.
1) Compost is the best dirt that money can buy and it’s free.
Sometimes it can be a little counter-intuitive that the secret to healthy plants begins with dirt. When you’re just starting out in gardening, things like sunlight, water, and fertilizer might pop to mind, but high quality dirt can pay back better dividends. The best dirt available can be right in your very own compost bin and costs little more than some of your garden scraps. Compost is a perfect texture, it’s mineral rich, and it’s full of nutrients that your plants will love. Simply fill a pot with it, till it into your soil, or sprinkle it on top of your garden at the beginning of the season.
2) Fish emulsion.
You heard me right fish emulsion is a stinky liquid that you water your plants with every few weeks to replenish the soil nutrients. In addition to that they add organic matter to the soil to encourage microbial life. Microbes in turn break down nutrients in the soil to make them more readily available to the roots of your plants.
Not only is this a great water saving tip, it will protect your soil from the harsh temperatures of summer. This keeps the roots cooler and, in the hottest parts of the year, growing strong without going into shock. It also helps the soil regulate and maintain moisture. There are many types of mulch from woodchips, to leaves, to bark, and straw. Some people have even used rocks. Where I live, I prefer straw because it’s cheap, easy to transport and spread, and doesn’t attract termites. Plus I get a lot of mileage from 1 bale of straw.
4) Worm Castings
Worm castings are another great way to fertilize your garden. Worms eat the organic matter in the soil and poop out fertilizer that is nutrient dense and readily accessible for the roots of your vegetables. Just mix it in with the soil at the start of the season, or better yet, just get worms.
With the addition of 1 or all of these ideas you’ll soon be on your way to a garden that is ready to put out a solid harvest for the next growing season.
Do you have a garden boosting idea that has worked well? Let everyone know if the comments below.