The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather

 


Article by: Steve Boulden

My Grandfather was an old school farmer from way back who depended on his crops for his living. He, like farmers then and now, knew that the secret to optimum yield and plant , Harvesting Herbs health begins in the soil. , Backpack Blowers If the soil , A Guide to Vines and How to Vine Beauty with Your Garden was just right and other conditions were favorable, his yields were higher and he could make a descent living that would get his family through the rest of the year.

My grandfather also knew that the condition and health of the soil , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders directly influenced the plants , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower ability to resist disease , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade and insects. Having to use any type of insecticide on his farm , Beauty After life - Plants For Drying - Grasses was virtually unheard of. And yet, he had no insect problem.

So the question of what is the secret to healthier and more beautiful plants , The Guide to Cloudy Pool Water should really begin with the question of what is the secret to healthy , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb soil.

Many factors will influence the quality and condition of your soil. , A Creative Patio And at the top of the list is the ph (acidity or alkalinity) of soil. , Buying Teak Wood Furniture Responsibly Most folks have heard about soil , New Uses For Old Plants ph but very few know how important it is and the difference it makes in color, , Amish Furniture on the Front Porch yield, flavor, heath, etc.

If the ph of soil , Pond Supplies - A Must For Your Pond is incorrect, nutrient uptake is limited or restricted altogether. It doesn't matter how much fertilizer you add, the plants , Constructing a Rock Garden won't be able to use it efficiently. Iron, for instance, becomes locked into soil , Backpack Blowers that is too alkaline. It won't matter how much iron you add, the plant , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business won't be able to pick it up and use it.

If growing , How to Grow Organic Cigar Tobacco is not optimal, plants , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse start to yellow or look sickly, and there is no obvious signs of insects, the first place , Landscaping Your Patio to start is by testing the soil. , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor In granddads day, folks would actually taste the soil , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb to test the ph. If it was sweet, it was acid. If it was sour, it was alkaline. Fortunately for us, we don't have to go out to our gardens , 10 Landscaping Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home and eat dirt. Modern test kits are available at garden , Want to Build a Pond? centers, they're inexpensive and easy to use.

Most plants , Why Should You Own a Greenhouse? prefer a slightly acid to neutral soil. , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor Neutral is a 7 on the scale while slightly acid is a 6 on the scale. And I did say most plants. , Vegetable Container Gardening Some plants , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard do prefer more acid soil , Pond Supplies - A Must For Your Pond and some do like alkaline. It's a good idea to know a little bit about what you're growing. , A Guide to Vines and How to Vine Beauty with Your Garden

Now, my grandfather had a magic ingredient that he continually added to the soil. , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor This magic ingredient would actually create healthy , Gardening and Flowers soil, buffer perfect ph, and facilitate proper nutrient uptake. It also made plants , Beauty After life - s For Drying - Grasses not so tasty to insects.

A magic ingredient? Not hardly. A lost art and science. Definitely. His magic ingredient was that he dutifully returned everything back into the soil. , Dream Yard Everything from plant , New Uses For Old s wastes to manure to kitchen , Bonsai Trees scraps. His magic ingredient was nothing more than pure natural , Gardening - Schefflera Care organics. If a soil , Harvesting Herbs was found to be out of balance, it was a matter of a simple adjustment. A little bit of sulfur to buffer alkalinity or a little bit of lime to buffer acid and also tilling in more bulk organics. , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside

Farmers and gardeners back then couldn't rely on a lot of chemical fertilizers because they were either unavailable or they simply couldn't afford them. Oh I'm sure they would have liked to have had them since it would have made life much easier. However, what we didn't use then that we do use now is why they had healthier plants, , Automate Your Lawn Work higher yields, better tasting food, , Backpack Blowers more nutritional food, , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders and even more colorful flowers. , 'Blushing Bride' Hydrangea (PPAF) Again, the difference is organics. , Tomato Plant Care

Organically prepared soil , How to Grow Organic Cigar Tobacco eventually becomes stable and naturally balance in ph. All necessary plant , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor nutrients become available and plants , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders are able to use what they need and only when they need it. An excesses of individual nutrients in organic , Constructing a Rock Garden soil will actually be buffered and not do the plants , Create the Perfect Patio: Finding Great Furniture any harm.

Plants grown in organic , New Uses For Old Plants soils are naturally more resistant to insects and disease. , Pond Supplies - A Must For Your Pond They're simply healthier and insects and disease , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor generally attacks plants , Bonsai Trees that are already unhealthy to begin with.

Chemical fertilizers are like a quick shot in the arm and plants , Create the Perfect Patio: Finding Great Furniture will greedily take in more than they need. This weakens a plants , Adirondack Chairs: An Ole' Time Becon for Rest ability to resist disease , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata' and insects. Then, of course, you're going to need insecticides. However, healthy , Automate Your Lawn Work organic soil , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata' is also full of millions of beneficial bacteria and micro-organisms. Chemical fertilizers and insecticides will kill these very necessary elements and weaken plants , Know Your Bird Feeders, Part 1 immune systems even further. And so in using chemicals, we create a never ending no win cycle.

Creating organic , Automate Your Lawn Work soil will take a little effort and won't happen overnight. It will take a few seasons. , Landscape Lighting However, the rewards will far outweigh the effort. And eventually you'll find that you spend less time taking care of your garden , Beauty After life - Plants For Drying - Grasses and more time enjoying it.

To begin with, start saving those leaves and grass , A Guide to Vines and How to Vine Beauty with Your Garden clippings. This is a wonderful no cost resource. If you don't have any of your own, I'm sure your neighbors will give you some of theirs. You can compost , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard them or shred them as top dressing that will eventually break down into the soil. , Harvesting Herbs

I'll also suggest two books to you. Rodales Complete Book Of Composting and Rodales Encyclopedia Of Organic Gardening. , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life These two books alone will give you all the knowledge you need for composting and organic gardening. , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata'

Other secret ingredients are all around you, are usually free, and are often found right in your own trash can. Kitchen , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn scraps, coffee grounds, and even some papers can be composted.

Have a friend with a stable? Some folks will let you clean out their stable just for doing it. This is a very inexpensive way to add a lot of bulk organics , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb very quickly. Keep in mind though that manure is better composted as it is extremely alkaline due to a high content of urea.

On top of all of this there is an endless list of organic , Landscaping Your Patio materials, mineral dusts, and rock fertilizers available through organic gardening , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard stores and sites.

So there you have it. I did learn something from my grandfather. And so did you.
Written by Steve Boulden. Steve is the creator of The Landscape , A Creative Patio Design Site which offers free landscaping , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life advice, plans, , Gardening and Flowers and tips , Vegetable Container Gardening to do it yourselfers and homeowners. For more free information , A Teak Bench: The Perfect Complement To Any Outdoor Space on landscaping , Rugged Outdoor Elegance: All Weather Indoor / Outdoor Rugs and growing , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard plants, , Automate Your Lawn Work visit his site at: http://www.the-landscape-design-site.com

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