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Are You Using These 3 Tips For Success With Your Organic Gardening Soil?


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Do you really think organic gardening soil is the same as regular garden soil? If so, unfortunately you are sadly mistaken and you have a rude awakening coming your way. That's kind of blunt isn't it? Did I get your attention? I really hope so. The information in this article will help you get a better understanding of the facts about organic gardening soil.

The first misconception most new organic gardeners have about their soil is that anything can grow in any type of soil. All you have to do is throw a few seeds in the ground and boom - you have a natural garden. You need to lose that preconceived notion if it applies to you.

You must take into consideration the overall climate conditions which will impact the soil. An example of these things would be rain, wind, temperatures and exposure to sunlight. Then the next thing to consider is the amount of rocks and density of the soil.

An example of bad density soil would be where the dirt is tightly compacted and allows for no circulation of air or moisture. To have good organic gardening soil it must be loose, with excellent air and moisture circulation. Not to worry though because one of the things you can do if your dirt is tightly compacted is introduce earthworms to the ground and allow them to do their thing.

Frankly though, earthworms take time to create their magic and have a tendency to get out of the designated planting area quickly. However, there is a simple solution to that problem and it will help improve your soil quickly.

You can go to your local nursery or hardware store and purchase organic soil by the bag full or even by the truck load. Many organic gardeners will put this soil on top of their compacted soil and then plow it into the regular soil. However, for this method to be effective you must have enough organic soil to be from a minimum depth of three inches up to six inches or more. The great thing about it is as you repeat this procedure through several growing seasons you will soon have brought the life back to your original soil.

Another tip for your soil is the proper levels of hydrogen, phosphates and acidity in the soil. This is often referred to as the ph factor in the soil. It's quiet easy today to go on the World Wide Web and order a testing kit for your soil. However, one of the best ways to determine if you have the right kind of soil for organic gardening is to take a sample of your soil to your county agriculture agent or to your local nursery. For a small fee, or no fee at all, they will tell you everything you need to know about your soil.

In addition to providing you the information about your dirt they can also advise you as to the best type of plants that will grow in your soil. Furthermore, they are a great source for additional tips on growing an organic garden successfully.

These tips are just a few of the things about your organic gardening soil which are important. To really get ahead of the game on your soil you should continue to further your education by reading anything you can find on the subject.

Ian Basford is a keen vegetable gardener. Download his FREE ebook “Foolproof Vegetable Garden” from his blog at


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