Soil is the foundation of a healthy and thriving garden, providing vital nutrients and support for plants. Check out our tips to ensure your soil is helping the plants in your garden flourish.
- Test your soil to determine its pH level before adding new plants and amend accordingly. Some plants are resilient to various soil pH levels, however many require or have a strong preference for specific acidic or alkaline soils.
- Improve soil structure by adding compost or other organic matter to help retain moisture and nutrients. Many plants require well-draining soil, which can be especially helpful for new plants trying to take root. Our Starter Soil Kits are perfect for young plants and plants that require well-draining soil. One soil kit is the right size for a #1 (1 gallon) plant.
- Water your plants deeply and regularly as appropriate for your pant types, but avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot. If you do not have well-draining soil, root rot is much more of a concern.
- Add mulch to the surface of the soil to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. A nice fir bark (which is what we use in our soil kits) is excellent for amending soil to drain better.
- Use raised beds to improve drainage and control the quality of the soil in a specific area. For new plants, especially those that require well-draining soil, we strongly recommend customers watch our short how-to plant tutorial video.
- Consider using cover crops, bark, compost, or green manures to help build soil fertility and structure.
- Avoid walking on garden beds as much as possible to prevent compacting the soil.
- Practice companion planting, planting compatible plants together that can benefit each other, such as nitrogen-fixing plants for heavy feeders.
- Use natural pest control methods, such as companion planting, releasing beneficial insects, and hand-picking pests, instead of chemical pesticides.