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  • Jane Westoby

Good Soil Nutrition

Soil Fertilization

In the world of gardening, the key to gorgeous blooms and healthy plants lies beneath the surface – in the soil. Just like we need proper nutrition to thrive, plants depend on nutrient-rich soil to grow strong and beautiful. I like to think on the soil as a larder, providing the right nutrients for plants just when they need it.

Understanding Soil Nutrition

Soil is more than just dirt; it's a living ecosystem teeming with microorganisms, nutrients, and organic matter. To support plant growth, soil must provide essential elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, (NPK) and trace minerals. Over time, soils can become depleted of these vital nutrients, hindering plant health and flowering. This is where soil fertilization comes into play.

The Benefits of Feeding Your Soil

By enriching your soil with organic matter and nutrients, you create a thriving environment for plants to flourish. Healthy soil retains moisture better, promotes robust root development, and supports beneficial soil organisms. Fertilizing your soil not only improves plant growth but also enhances the overall resilience of your garden against pests and diseases.

Choosing the Right Fertilizer at the right time

When fertilizers are applied the soil helps to portion them, giving just a little at a time with the aid of water. Plants unlike animals can not just eat nutrients, they need to be soluable in water so that they can be absorbed by the roots or leaves.

When it comes to fertilizers, the options can be overwhelming. From organic compost to chemical fertilizers, each type has its benefits and considerations. Its also a good idea to vary the fertilizer you use througout the year. To maximize the benefits of soil fertilization, timing is crucial. Different plants have varying nutrient requirements during different growth stages.

Spring is an ideal time for a nutrient boost to support new growth, while Autumn fertilization helps plants prepare for winter dormancy.

Home made Compost - the black gold of every garden. It's hard to work out the exact nutritinal content as that depends on what has been added but its safe to say that you can never have too much of it. it will give your soil the ability to better absorb and retain nutrients. Think of it more as a soil improver rather than a fertlizer as you will need to add both compost & fertilizer to the garden. Compost can be added at any time as a mulch or at planting time.

Nitrogen - For leafy Growth

  • Chicken manure

  • Fresh Grass Cuttings

  • Nettle Feed

  • Farmyard Manure Blood Meal

Phosphorous - is good for root development, fruit, flowers & Seed setting

  • Farmyard Manure

  • Algae

  • Bone Meal

  • Diluted Urine

  • Horn Meal

  • Wood Ash

Potassium - is good for fruit setting and resistance to disease

  • Farmyard Manure

  • Wood Ash

  • Rock Dusk

  • Algae

Organic Compost

Sustainable Soil Practices

As stewards of the land, gardeners play a vital role in promoting soil health and sustainability. Avoid over-application of fertilizers, as it can lead to nutrient runoff and environmental damage. Incorporating cover crops, practicing crop rotation, and composting garden waste are eco-friendly ways to nourish your soil and reduce waste. By adopting sustainable soil practices, you contribute to the long-term health of your garden ecosystem.

Feeding your soil is the foundation for a thriving garden filled with vibrant blooms and lush foliage. By understanding the importance of soil nutrition, choosing the right fertilizers, and implementing sustainable practices, you can create a flourishing garden so, roll up your sleeves, grab your shovel, and give your soil the love and nourishment it deserves – your plants will thank you with a bountiful display of blooms!

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