Preparing Your Soil For Planting This Spring
Long dreary winters and cabin fever can get the best of us. It's not just the cold that can do it, but short days and too much snow or rain can just about drive you crazy. Even though it may not be the time to plant there is nothing wrong in taking steps to prepare the beautiful spring that these conditions bring.
Often the most overlooked step in gardening is effective preparation. It can seem like a daunting task to prepare the ground for planting, but we are here to help!
It is important to begin at the beginning - learn about the quality of your soil. If you don't know what is right and wrong with the soil, it is hard to come up with a good strategy for the growing season. When trying to learn what is going on with the soil we need need to know:Soil test kits range from very simple home tests to laboratory tests using soil samples from your property. We strive to offer you a wide variety of test options and prices so that you can make the best choice to achieve the results that you want. Our Soil Analysis Tools & Test Kits help eliminate guess work. Knowing what is in your soil will help you make the most efficient, effective and economical decisions for soil amendments and fertilizers as spring approaches.
- What is the pH? Is your soil acidic, neutral or alkaline?
- What are the essential nutrient values? This is the N-P-K that you find on fertilizer bags.
The oft-used adage "what you get out is what you put in" applies to preparing your soil for the new growing season. When in doubt - it is always a good idea to add more organic material to the soil. Options that will help you continually develop better soil are compost, earthworm castings, and you can make things easier on yourself and better for your soil by applying EM-1 Microbial Inoculant. EM-1 stands for effective micro-organisms and this product contains beneficial microbes that help break down crop residue, organic matter such as manure or compost in order to make nutrients more readily available in your soon-to-be-planted garden.
Giving the soil a head start by earlier preparation will make your seedlings and transplants thrive. It may still be too cold to plant, but planning can give you a bit of the satisfaction as we move toward warmer temperatures.
Other things to consider as we move closer to spring: Nitron Formula A-35 Organic Soil Conditioner, John & Bob's Soil Prep Kit and don't forget to plant using Root Maximizer Beneficial Fungi.