HOW TO FIX YOUR SOIL, ORGANIC STYLE!
A GOOD SOIL, can make a lot of difference to your plants!
Wedell Berry said, “The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
It’s not easy to make your soil good in little time, it needs patience and regular feeding.
The simplest way would be while planting make sure, you mix
Co-Co Peat in your soil. But if you have plants for years in same pots. Well, it’s time to feed them, Organic style.
Especially after rains, every plants gets surrounded by weed plants, the best way to avoid them would be to mulch them with leaves, hay or even better, saw-dust.
But, In case, you didn’t do that and this happened to your plant, then follow me.
Remove all the weed… make sure to pluck them from their roots. They are very stubborn, they don’t feel shy to come back.
It happened to few of my plants. so here I was, removing each and every inch of the weed and the moss, which looks very beautiful in the rain but sadly eats all the food of the plants themselves, making them suffer.
IT was time for them to go, go go.
After removing all the unnecessary weed, it was time to fix the soil.
FIRST STEP : REMOVE THE STONES FROM THE SOIL, No plants like their roots to be disturbed. They need smooth flow.
NOW THINGS YOU NEED:
|Banana peel and Egg shells.|
YES! BANANA PEEL AND EGG SHELLS: Next time you eat banana or make your favorite smoothies, don’t forget to toss the peels in your plants. Bananas are rich in phosphorus and potassium, both of them important macro-nutrients for the plants. Potassium in particular is the responsible for the new formation of flower buds.
AND EGG SHELLS – After making an omelet or another egg-based dish, don’t throw away the empty shells. Instead, crush them up and use them to help your garden grow while recycling what might otherwise end up in the trash. As they break down, eggshells act like a natural fertilizer, providing plants with valuable nutrients. They are rich in calcium. Without the proper amount of calcium in the soil, plants may produce deformed blooms. Egg shells will do wonder to your plants.
Another way of using them is:
Make a shake for the plants. Toss the leftover peels into the blender, add a little of water, throw in a couple of leftover eggshells. Blend until smooth. When it is done you will end with a not so good looking shake, but the plants will love it. To help the plants assimilate it even better, you can mix it with some soil and let it rest a week.
I on the other hand, decided to throw them as it is, IT takes 12 days for an banana to disintegrate and 20-25 days for egg shells. You can also dig it a inch or two deeper so it doesn’t destroy the look of your plants.
NEXT INGREDIENT IS CO-CO PEAT.
Which needs to be mixed with 5 liter of water, depending on the size of the pack. (Follow the instructions)
|After few minutes|
NEXT INGREDIENT IS COMPOST. ORGANIC COMPOST which can be bought at any nursery/shops. If you want to go more organic than this, go for cow dung. Seriously!
And the last but not the least, my favorite, TEA BAGS. Use the leaves when it dries.
Repeat this cycle every 3-4 months. Your Plants will Thank You:)