Soil and Composting Tips

| 5/7/2013 11:16:03 AM

Soil and Composting Tips 

Here are 30 suggestions that will help save time or solve soil and composting problems.  These are tips gathered from successful gardeners over the years.

Quick Soil Typing 

To quickly identify the type of soil in your garden, grab a handful of moist soil, squeeze it tightly, then release it.  If it keeps the shape, some clay is present.  If you can model with it and it feels smooth, it contains a lot of clay.  If it crumbles, feels gritty, and stains your hand, it is a mixture of sand and clay.  A silty soil feels smooth but cannot be modeled.  A very sandy soil slips through your fingers.

Soil Temperature Management 

Most gardeners measure the gardening season from the last frost in the spring to the first frost in the fall.  In reality, it runs from the time the soil temperature hits 45° F until it falls below 45° F.  (The soil bacteria that make the nitrogen available to roots only become active as the soil approaches 40° F.)  Check the temperature with a soil thermometer.

5/8/2013 10:54:07 PM

Karen, another great post about how to improve a garden. I have the advantage of having great soil to work with here in Nebraska. My big garden, "Terra Nova Gardens", was once a river bottom so the neighbors tell me. The top soil is about two feet deep. The water table there is about two feet down in the spring and a little deeper in the summer. This is my first year of real gardening there so it will be interesting to see just how well the garden will do. Have a great day in the garden.

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