To have thriving plants requires healthy soil! If your soil is full of rich nutrients your plants can pull from you will see healthy and vibrant flowers or plants growing in your garden. But, if your soil lacks nutrients, your plants might not grow that great. If you are looking for ways to improve your soil naturally, check out the list of ways below. I have used these methods in the past, and it has helped feed my plants in the flower beds and my vegetable garden.
Learn To Improve Your Soil Naturally
Composting is a great way to use items from your kitchen and yard to add food to your soil. Egg shells, coffee grounds, glass clipping, banana peel are all great items to toss into your compost pile. You can make your own compost bin or buy one, and before you know it you will have compost ready to use to add nutrients to your soil and give those plants a boost.
Chopped Up Fallen Leaves
When you go to rake the leaves up this Fall, save back your leaves. They are full of rich minerals that are great for your garden and the earthworms. You can mow over your leaves a few times to chop them up, and then put them in your garden bed and allow to decompose over the winter, and then in the spring just till up the soil some to incorporate the leaves.
If you are looking to plant acidic loving plants like tomatoes, radishes, blueberries, or carrots this year, consider mixing in some ground up coffee into your soil. This is a great way to feed your plants with old coffee grounds. Make sure the plants are a fan of acidic soil and then mix some coffee in before you plant them.
If you have a fireplace save that ash. Wood ash is a great source of potassium and even calcium for plants. This can help with your pH level in the soil and is great again for acid-loving plants.
This one might sound strange, but you can take around 1/2 cup of blackstrap molasses and mix with 4-5 gallons of water. Then just pour the water over your garden or flower beds, and then mix in some compost or even cow manure. It is a great way to add nutrients and minerals to the soil to jump-start your plants.
Whether it is cow, chicken, goat or another animal manure does have a lot of minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to your plants. Generally you use dried out manure and work it into the soil. Some manures need time to work in the soil before planting or they can be too harsh for the plants. Just make sure to check before planting right away.
Wood chips offer protection on those hot sunny days for locking in the moisture from watering your plants. It also can help keep weeds at bay from growing and then competing to take nutrients from the soil. It is also great to put wood chips down in your beds to help with soil erosion which if it gets too bad can be hard on the plants. While they don’t offer the minerals and nutrients like the other items above it does help protect your plants and that is a win in my books.