Organic Garden Soil

If you’re like most gardeners and lawn-care enthusiasts, you’ve probably heard of or done some research on organic garden soil building and how it can benefit you and your family. The first organic garden soil building method that was common and used for hundreds of years is using manure. This was often gathered from animals and plants in the local area and was highly unsanitary and unhealthy. This method caused an overflow of waste into local waterways, polluting them and costing farmers lots of money in cleanup and legal fees. This has now been replaced with modern composting systems that are easier to use and less expensive.

Home gardener John Frerich started the first home composting system in the early 1900’s with his father and grandfather. They harvested cow dung and used the resulting slurry to create a highly absorbent and beneficial compost. Today, farmers and homemakers throughout the world use cow dung, commonly known as cedar chips, for making their own organic fertilizers and soil additives. The process of creating these highly valuable organic ingredients has remained largely unchanged over the years because the raw materials remain highly absorbent and healthy. These materials are also highly nutritious for humans and beneficial for the environment.

Composting isn’t the only method for creating a self-sustaining organic garden either. You can also use readily available materials like sugar cane, alfalfa hay and alfalfa powder to help maintain moisture in your lawn and garden areas. A quick search of the internet will reveal that there are numerous other organic materials that you can readily purchase in your local nursery and garden supply store. You can save a considerable amount of money by doing the bulk of your gardening work yourself. Many gardeners do just this and create their own organic fertilizer from scratch.

You don’t have to go to all the trouble of creating your own organic garden soil either. There is a ready made mix available at most nurseries and garden supply stores. These soils contain high levels of nutrients, including nitrogen, potassium and magnesium. However, many commercial fertilizers are loaded with synthetic chemicals which can strip the soil of its natural minerals. Not only that, they can also do serious damage to the root structure of the plants.

Soil from recycled soda bottles provides another rich source of organic garden soil. This is soil that has been thoroughly worked so it will hold moisture. It also contains large amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Both of these essential nutrients are important for the health of the plants. Many times these are available in the cardboard boxes that the soda bottles were packed in.

You can add just a pinch of these nutrients to the soil to start out with. Or you can add a couple of tablespoons or so of them right to your first plantings. Just be sure to let your plants take in the organic garden soil before you harvest them. It will definitely improve the taste as well as the health of the plants.

You can also make your own organic garden soil from compost that you have composted. The longer it’s been sitting, the more helpful it will be. But don’t expect it to hold as much as natural soil that has been created from kitchen waste.

There are other sources of organic garden soil that are more effective than using store bought or recycled soda bottle soils. For example, you can dig up the leaves on the stalks of the strawberries and put them in a small hole. The sun will help heat the soil and this will benefit your plants. Just be sure that the holes aren’t big enough for a mouse to fit into.