Posts Tagged ‘soil’

Soil Testing Is Worth the Effort

Learning the soil pH and fertility level of a soil is like driving a vehicle without any direction. To a garden owner it is essential to figure out the fertility level of a soil, whether it must have lime or additional fertilizer. The nutrients of the soil must correspond to the plants and flowers that’ll be planted which explains why soil testing is really crucial to any agricultural usage.”

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, even in the garden. Depending on your soil’s native fertility and what you grow, your plants might perform for years without needing additional fertilizer. But sooner or later, the free lunch ends. Hungry plants won’t squeal like starving pigs, but they eventually will show their unhappiness by displaying stunted growth and, depending on the particular nutrients they lack, off-color leaves. A periodic soil test lets you catch nutrient deficiencies before they progress that far. Besides indicating nutrient deficiencies, a soil test can also provide information on soil acidity, the percentage of organic matter in your soil, and your soil’s texture. But it will not tell you anything about poor soil drainage, insufficient sunlight, or insects and diseases. These threats to plants also can cause off-color leaves and stunted growth, so rule them out first before moving on to a soil test…

 

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Choosing the Right Potting Mix

“Potting soil is a man-made creation that is in some ways superior to normal garden soil when it comes to growing plants in containers or pots. Potting soil is important for a number of reasons, but ultimately should be used to maximize the growth of plants or flowers. Potting soil will keep some moisture in the ground where it is needed, allowing for a plant to soak in water as necessary. “

There are four basic kinds of potting mix, but how do you know which one you need? Which is the best for long-lived plants? What’s the fuss about peat? Are peat-free mixes any good? Here are the pros and cons.

Loam-Based Potting Mix

Also called soil-based potting mix, this is made from sterilized loam. It’s often available in different recipes or strengths, ranging from formulations for seeds and cuttings to high-fertilizer formulations for long-term, large plants such as shrubs. Loam-based potting mix retains water and nutrients well. Start fertilizing potted plants after three months, when the nutrients run out…