The Dirty Secrets to Great Soil


  1. Know your soil type

Before you begin planting, you must know your soil type. All soils are a mixture of mineral particles. It categorised into sand, clay, silt, peat, chalk and loam types of soil based on the dominating size of the particles within a soil.

Loam is the ideal garden soil. Its balance of ingredients is perfect for herbs and vegetables. It’s porous, allowing water to flow through it slowly enough for plant to access it, but it doesn’t easily become clogged or soggy. It also provides room for air to mix into the soil, allowing the roots of your plant to access enough air. It’s also nutrient-rich!

  1. Mulch with care

Mulch is any material you spread around or over a plant to enrich the soil. It allows you to add organic matter without disturbing the your plant’s roots. You spread it on the surface and let it decompose naturally.

It helps retain moisture, suppress weed growth, keep the soil cooler during hot days, and improve soil aeration. Examples of good mulches include compost, dried leaves, coffee grinds, some kitchen food scraps, and crushed eggshells. You can even recycle our coco coir pots into mulch!

  1. Don't forget the nitrogen

Of all the crucial plant nutrients, nitrogen is a must! Nitrogen is important in plant growth, plant food processing, and the creation of chlorophyll. Without it, your plant can not grow taller or produce food.

Nitrogen also feeds your soil organisms, which play an important role in the fertility, structure, drainage, and aeration of soil.

  1. Avoid chemicals

Chemicals kill your soil. These include herbicides or weedicides, pesticides, fungicides, and even water mixed with laundry or cleaning products. Many synthetic fertilizers are toxic for your soil too, damaging them for years!

Living beings thrive on the living. Using organic materials and fertilizers improve your soil texture. It allows it to hold water longer and increase the microbial activity in your soil.

  1. Maintain a moist soil

Dead and dry dirt is often why plants die. Healthy soil holds moisture like a sponge. It releases nutrients as they need it. The more organic matter your soil has, the greater the moisture holding capacity.

In the rainy seasons, keep your plants in the shade sometimes. If your soil is too wet, your plant suffers from multiple problems like root rot. If your soil too dry, your plants won’t be able to access nutrients. The secret is a consistently moist soil that allows for adequate drainage and aeration. 

 

About Seedibles:

Seedibles is the beginner’s best planting companion. Our Signature Potting Mix is fresh loam soil packed and infused with essential plant nutrients and bio-organic fertilizers.

Our mix is a healthy composition of loam soil, vermicast, aged coco peat, carbonized rice hull, humus, beetles cast-fed on wood peat, aged chicken manure, and fermented seaweed perfect for growing vegetables, fruit-bearing trees, outdoor plants, herbs, and even ornamental plants.

They retain moisture well too and allow for adequate drainage and aeration, making your plant less likely to require a lot of watering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


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