How to Prepare Your Soil for Gardening

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Your home garden, with the influx of pesticides and other chemicals in the commercially grown vegetables and fruits, can help provide you with safe and healthy food. Moreover, gardening besides boosting your health can also help you save the amount you would otherwise end up spending on vegetables and fruits.

Research suggests that gardening can help you stay relaxed and keep off the stress buildup in your mind besides providing you with a form of physical exercise as well. With a plethora of benefits that gardening offers we suggest that you take out a little time from your every day schedule and dedicate it to gardening for spending some time with nature.

You don’t necessarily need to have a large space for gardening as you can start with even a little space and a few pots.  Now let’s take a look into how to prepare the soil for gardening.

1)   Prepare your Soil

Prepare your soil at least 6 weeks before the planting process. Preparing the soil would require tilling the soil and adding compost to it.

2)   Loosen the Soil

Loosening the soil is very important as it will help the soil to breathe and the plant to penetrate deep into the soil. The more effectively the soil has been prepared and loosened the better are the chances of plant growth.

3)   Plant when the Weather is Relatively Warmer

Plant seeds when the weather is relatively warmer however, do not wait till the scorching heat has set in for planting your seeds.

4)   Spray the Area with Water before You Plant

Spray the area with water before you plant the seed. The depth of the hole you should dig for a plant should be a minimum of the depth of the container the plant is in.

5)   Mulching

Mulching can help protect the area you have planted the seeds in from drying up and thus provide protection to the seed along with giving it a favorable environment to grow in. You can consider using dried up leaves for the mulching.

6)   Keeping the Pests Away

Keeping the pests away is also important as your plant should be allowed to go rather than having to fight the pests.

7)   Avoid Drowning your Plant

Though it is utmost necessary to keep the plant moist at all stages of its growth avoid drowning it as it will do more harm than doing good to your plant.

 

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