Get your Garden Cooking with Friable Soil

 


Article by: Lee Goins

Oh sure, fried green , Using the Right Hedge Trimmers in Lawn Care tomatoes are ok; but I'll take an extra helping of friable soil , Composting for Kids any day! This is the desire of any gardener who attempts to sink a shovel into the clay found in our area. Clay just does not make a great sandwich. Takes a lot of mustard...

Ok, ok"¦ put the wok and the peanut oil away; and don't forget to turn off the stove. I wonder how many times I've used the term "friable soil" in our garden , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers center and not been understood? Their heads nod up and down but the eyebrows narrow in puzzlement and I have to wonder what horrible things are served at dinner later that day.

Friable means easily crumbled. Loose, open, un-compacted, well drained, friable soil , Mix Perennials into Your Garden for Staying Power gives the best results in most gardening , Japanese Gardens - Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed situations. There are of course plants , 5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden that will thrive in clay soil; otherwise Midwestern Ohio would be a barren desert! However the vast majority of desired ornamentals and food , Gardening - Growing Herbs In Containers crops will perform better in a deep bed , Japanese Gardens - Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed of improved soil. , To Salt or Not to Salt Your Pond

Plants need to move and breathe!

A typical complaint I hear from the weekend home , Low Cost Landscaping Tips improvement landscaper "Our soil , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare is so hard to dig in!" Well if it's tough for you, it's also tough for the plants , Vermiculture: Indoor Composting and Organic Soil Improvement roots to move in. And the more developed a plants , Camellias roots are, the better it can grow , Composting for Kids and handle stress, drought , Marjoram: The Herb of Happiness etc. Also most of us know plants , Growing Great Asparagus need water, , Maintaining Your Landscaped Yard but may forget that the roots , Orchids Versus the Traditional Rose also need oxygen. Dense, wet, soils , Economically Design Your Own Landscape Lighting have little "airspace" between the soil , Nepeta Faassenii 'Kit Kat' particles. Friable soil's loose structure allows the water , Concrete Curb Landscaping to drain through and lets the air , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? in; making the plants , Camellias grown there more tolerant of heavy rains or (gasp!) over-watering.

Add Organic , Wind Chimes Soothe The Soul Matter!

Spock: The organic , Yellow Headed Spruce Sawfly matter content must be increased by a warp factor of 3.7 to aerate and provide structure for the Zabar nebula zenopods.

Captain: Scotty what's going on down there!

Scotty: The organic , Maintaining Your Landscaped Yard matter generators dilithium crystals are all but shot Cap'n. She's givin' ya all she's got!

The answer is much simpler here on earth. , Compost YES, Epsom Salts NO If you have a compost , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare pile you already know about using organic , Recycling Carwash Wash Water for Landscape and Toilets matter in your garden. , Cedar Benches: A Fine Choice for Your Double-dig, till, whatever it takes to get that stuff worked into your soil , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare till have beautiful , Making Memories with Flower Gardening crumbly soil. , Compost Tea Tea Time For Your Garden Garden , To Salt or Not to Salt Your Pond centers will also stock many kinds of soil , Nepeta Faassenii 'Kit Kat' amendments such as composted manure and peat moss. In our area, peat moss gives the most friability bang for your buck, but it's worth asking what the best option is at your local garden , The Old Faithful - Case Tractors center. Sometimes a local , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses bulk compost , Vermiculture: Indoor ing and Organic Soil Improvement source is available. If you have a large amount of soil , Compost YES, Epsom Salts NO to improve this is worth checking in to. If you are on a budget, do the cutting somewhere else! Always start with the soil! , Yellow Headed Spruce Sawfly Adding organic , Using the Right Hedge Trimmers in Lawn Care matter to sandy soils , 5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden also helps with soil , Marjoram: The Herb of Happiness structure. If the soil , Compost Tumblers - Gardeners Love Them is too loose then it may dry out or not provide enough mechanical support for the plant. , Patented s So you rarely go wrong adding organic , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? matter.

One caveat

If you have very heavy clay soil, , Low Cost Home Landscaping Tips when planting a tree , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare out in the yard, , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare drainage can be a real issue. This is a situation where improving the drainage of the soil , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 8) History in the planting hole can really work against you. Imagine this basin dug into the clay filled with nice fluffy soil. , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life It begins to rain. A man is singing and dancing in the street splashing in the gutters. The rain hits the hard soil , Compost Tea Tea Time For Your Garden around the basin; some is absorbed, some is runoff into the softer soil , Yellow Headed Spruce Sawfly of the basin. All the rain that hits the soft soil , Composting for Kids of the basin flows right through it until"¦ It hits the hard clay bottom of that basin and begins to fill it. Essentially we've created this sunken clay bathtub for our tree's to drown in! Also if the soil , Compost Tumblers - Gardeners Love Them is significantly improved in the planting hole the trees , Grey Water- Not Drinking Water- For Your Garden roots will tend to circle, hitting the hard clay and turning; "choosing" to stay in the looser soil. , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life This can lead to a choking effect and a smaller root , Composting for Kids system.

There are other things to consider about your soil , Flower Delivery besides it friability. PH, nutrient deficiencies, microbial content, and contaminants are things that may be sampled, analyzed and treated; but nearly all my projects simply begin with a bale of peat moss and a shovel.
A garden , Tulip Divisions - Tulips and Their Identities center manager, writer, musician and webmaster; Lee Goins is often called on as an expert in landscaping , Patented Plants and gardening. , Chickens in Your Backyard for Fun or Profit Residents of Shelby County Ohio have been bringing him pieces of trees, , Recycling Carwash Wash Water for Landscape and Toilets moldy leaves, and jars of bugs for 8 years in spite of the well publicized knowledge he prefers chocolate. His gardening , Chickens in Your Backyard for Fun or Profit help has been featured on TV, Radio, Newspapers and websites like http://www.shelbylandscaping.com

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