Have you ever grown either vegetables, crops or plants and obtained poor results to plant performance and growth? maybe you thought this was because you are failing to plant which is definitely not the case… anybody really can plant and grow plants, the only thing that people have to know is the fact that for plants to grow they also need soil that is well-equipped with adequate amount of nutrients for the plants to grow and most importantly it is very wise to know the favorable conditions of that particular plant, crop or vegetable you are to grow. The reason being that a lot of people are always having questions on the poor growth of their plants I have found it to be the best opportunity to walk with you on every step on how to enrich poor soil.
Did you know that the diversity of plants you are seeing or having need different PH levels? some grow best in neutral soils, some in acidic soils, some in alkaline soils so it is very important to know this and it is also important to know how to sample the soil so you will be able to tell if the soil is really good for the growing of your plant or crop.
The first thing you have to do is to go for soil testing. The equipment you will need is a plastic bucket where you will put the soil after each and every tenth step. When you pick the soil with your hand then put it on the bucket. This is how you can do it all.
Have a soil loosening object like a pick or a shovel in case the soil is frozen and needs to be loosened then you have to start the exercise at the beginning of the field or your garden. Stand at the beginning center of your field or garden then just move 10 steps on a zig zag direction. On every tenth step collect the soil and insert in a bucket. Do this exercise until you reach the end of the garden or field then you mix the soil thoroughly with something like a stick then after having done this just have an ice bag where you will put a sample of what you have been collecting on the bucket. After having inserted your soil sample to the ice bag seal or tie it at the top making sure that the soil is enclosed very well and please on each and every field or garden do label the sample so that it will be easy to understand what to give on each and every field .
If you are having more than one field or garden please do repeat the very same step or principle until you are done with your exercise. After having done this please do make sure to collect all your samples to one container to making sure they have been labeled they just send them to the laboratory for testing. After having done this you will have to wait for some time until they are done with the soil test and analysis at the laboratory.for more information click here
After having got the results from the laboratory that would be one step for sure on the right and best direction, yes you will be knowing your land very well and you will be in no doubt of which crop is to do well in your soil and if you have to add something like lime if you are to lower the PH for your crops, you will be in no doubt but surely on the right track and step forward.
However, having done the soil PH and added lime does not necessarily mean you have added nutrients to the soil it only means you have neutralized the soil if it is too acidic for plants that needs to be grown on either neutral or alkaline soils.
Adding kraal manure
Have you tried adding manure on the soil and how long did it take for the kraal manure to be effective and start action on your crops or vegetables, and how long does it last? I really am a number one fan of Kraal manure and it really does a tremendous job form me accept that it promote weeds and really burn the plants when there is insufficient water or moisture. Adding Kraal manure is something you have to do once every two years and by so doing you are adding nitrogen to the soil which is so very essential for the growth of plant
Have you ever thought of growing leguminous crops underneath your plants or underneath your vegetables? Jugo beans and peas are the best plants to enrich poor soil, they trap nitrogen in the air and fix it on the soil and they also help by bringing leached nutrients to the surface of the soil where they are within reach for plants and they also do discourage weeds and moisture loss.
How does mulching help
Have you ever mulched your plants for a period which is as long as 0ne year? How were the leaves, were they still dry or they decomposed? they definitely will compose into compost releasing nutrients to the roots for the plants. Do you really throw these leaves away and think by so doing you are making the best and clean environment for your plant? if so that is completely wrong to do and you are really throwing away what’s best for the plant. Please do know that branches that have been pruned can also be used to mulch plants and that will also decompose into compost enriching the soil.
Mulch does not only decompose to release nutrients but it acts as a barrier to control sun rays from heating directly to the roots and it also prevents the spread of weeds and as well as being the best for moisture conservancy. However, in as much as I have just mentioned all these things, the fact that it decomposes into compost enriching the soil will always stand. It really creates a positive and a rich environment for plant growth.
It truly hurts to buy plants and invest in farming without having done all the above mentioned procedures. Having done all that I have talked about will result to the best growth and produce. How do you enrich your poor soil aside from what I have just talked about. It really has been a pleasure walking with you up to the end of this post and I you have leaned something on my post, if you are having comments or questions please leave them on a space provided below and I will be more than happy to help you out.