When growing outdoors, things are simplified. There is no need for grow lights, hydroponic systems, or environmental equipment, and thus growers need to focus on the few variables that do exist. The most important consideration is the garden soil. Even the best nutrients can be rendered useless if the soil is in poor condition.
How do I make the best garden soil?
First and foremost, you will need to use a soil test to determine what you are working with. These test kits help determine the pH, NPK levels, and moisture already present in the soil. You may find your soil is rich in certain macronutrients, and you can adjust your feeding schedule accordingly. Knowing the pH of the soil is important, as you will be able to determine what type of pH adjustor to use. Testing the moisture level will give you a good idea of how the soil retains water, and how fast it drains.
Once you have an idea of the current condition in the soil, you can take steps to amend it. A garden soil amendment is a compound of organic fertilizers mixed with other ingredients, such as compost tea, which can be used to enhance microbial activity in the soil. When you present organic material into the soil, the new microbial life immediately begins working to improve the conditions in the soil, making a better environment for plant growth.
If you want to learn more about conditioning your garden soil to increase plant health and yields, check out our full breakdowns on compost tea and garden soil amendments! If you have any questions, give our experienced growers a call today at 888-815-9763!