Keeping your plants healthy is a given. However, we all have to remember probably the second most important thing that comes to your plants. It’s the soil. Why? Well, the soil your plants are growing in plays probably one of the biggest rolls in helping your plants grow. So if you’re looking for ways to enrich the garden soil you’re plants grow in, here are a few simple ways to do that.
Grow Snap Beans
You want to reap a nice, big harvest without a lot of work? While still enriching your soil at the same time? Grow snap beans! The reason you may want to grow this plant (or any type of bean plant for that matter) is because they actually help to enrich the soil. Snap beans work with the bacteria in the soil in order to make nitrogen. Many plants need nitrogen reach soil in order to grow strong and healthy. Snap Beans are also extremely easy to grow, and just require a sunny, warm place and drained soil in order to grow to their full potential. They’re also convenient because you still get to have a garden, but at the same time enrich your soil with hardly any effort.
You’ve probably heard this one before. Actually, egg shells have calcium and potassium in them that can be excellent for your plants. Simply dry the eggshells out in the sun for about a week. Crush them up afterwards and press them into the soil around your plants. As your plants grow, nutrients from the eggs will slowly begin to spread helping your plants to grow even bigger. So, after breakfast set aside those eggs instead of tossing them into the trash! You’ll be able to use them later for your plants. Reusing your eggshells is also a great way to help recycle on trash. Every little bit helps!
You know what a plant’s best friend is? Worms. Worms eat dead plant matter, and when it’s digested through their body, the poop out nutrient rich soil. They also help air to get into the soil since worms burrow through the soil in search of food. Even if you’re just adding worms you can pick up at any gardening section, it still helps quite a bit. Not only will they keep your soil dark and nutritious, but they’ll even eat dead plant matter like leaves, grass clippings, and many other types of dead plant matter. Further recycling whatever it is your plants drop or you trim off.
Enriching soil is a lot easier than people give it credit for. Whether you choose to spread out your own compost on top of the soil, sprinkle down wood ash, or a green manure is completely up to you. There are many ways in order to ensure your plants continue to have nutrient rich soil in order to grow big and green. We hope you use these tips to make a bigger, beautiful garden this year than you did last year. Happy gardening!