Ever considered what’s going on under the surface of your top soil? It’s a bed of intrigue. The soil, the microbes, the worms, the compost and manure additional components, the minerals, the density of the soil, the drainage capability – all of this matters a great deal. Soil is the bedrock of your plant’s health. Get the soil balance right and you’re pretty much home and hosed re successful gardening. Aside from those pesky birds who cheekily dig up seedlings and of course those damn pests! They are a whole other story.
When you honour, serve and respect your soil, the yields will follow. So how do you get your soil right?
Well aside from regularly using our fabulous products such as Renew (our mineral liquid fertilizer), Rockdust (our natural mineral fertiliser), and Revitalize (our certified organic compost), a good way to improve your soil is to get to know your soil first. Like really get to know it. Believe or not, but some people become so soil obsessed they even taste it. Whilst we don’t recommend going that far, it is truly time to get down and dirty with your soil.
A quick DIY 100% free of charge test re soil health, especially testing form and water retention, is the ball trick. The way to do it is grab a fist of soil you wish to test. Form the soil into a ball in the palm of your hand, and release your hand again like you were scrunching a blob of plasticine. If it stays together well and holds in a fairly compact ball formation – you’ve got good water retaining soil. If it crumbles, it’s either too sandy or basically hydrophobic (not holding water or draining it adequately). Equally if it is too clay based it will form a compact ball with no spillage or crumbling. If either happens, it needs a better balance of minerals and nutrients. So time to pay attention and rectify that situation re your soil’s health.
If you want to do a proper soil analysis re the PH level it’s very wise to invest in a PH kit. Ideally you should test your soil once a year. This can really save you a lot of avoidable heartache in the long run to avoid failed crops/plants. Relatively cheap to buy from your local nursery, garden centres, or via online shopping, PH kits are easy to get your hands on. And the good news is they are easy to use – just follow the instructions on the pack. A PH kit delivers a measure of alkalinity versus acidity where 1 is very acidic and 14 is very alkaline and 7, in the middle, is neutral.
Healthy plants should be able to get all of the nutrients they need from the soil. But if your soil is too acidic or too alkaline they won’t be able to get the goodies, no matter how much fertiliser you add, so getting your soil pH right is absolutely essential.
You can also get your soil tested via laboratories if you wish to go down that route. For larger broad acre crops, be sure to get in touch with Ian at Munash Organics, as he’s had over fifty years of expertise in this matter and you’ll not find a better soil tester around. He lives, breathes and even sleeps soil!
Getting to the heart of your soil is key to restoring it with its vital elements, which will ensure Mother Nature will be back in balance. And no matter how good your soil seems, you can always improve it. Take care of your soil fertility and get in touch with Munash Organics for the best advice and friendly service with all our easy to apply organic products to get your soil producing fabulous produce for your busy lifestyle.