Building soil for your planters can be a difficult task: you might encounter an insect infestation; you might not have the proper soil for your plant types; or perhaps your vegetables are woefully undersized. Luckily, there are ways you can successfully build your soil for your planter. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will receive a few pieces of advice on doing just that.
Just because you have purchased topsoil does not mean that it is a guarantee that it is good topsoil. Even topsoil that looks rich, grainy, clean, and dark brown, does not mean that it contains the one thing that is necessary for creating a beautiful planter: nutrients. Make sure you discuss this matter with the seller of the soil, and inquire into where this topsoil was purchased. Ask them if the topsoil will requiring "feeding" – which is to say, you must add the nutrients into the soil yourself.
Rock phosphate is essential to building a perfect planter for two reasons: your crops will mature earlier and they will be much more ample in both quality and quantity. A crop that matures earlier than usual means that you will not have to worry about either drought or the onset of winter with frost and disease. A bag of rock phosphate is inexpensive and tends to last for years on end. It is an essential facet of perfecting your crop.
Feeding or Revitalizing Your Soil
Even if your garden is full of nutrient-rich soil, those nutrients will eventually be eaten by your plants in order to grow into healthy, full plants. That is why it is recommended that you revitalize, or feed, your planter once every year or two. By allowing your planter to feast on an admixture of compost, such as leaves, mulch, and straw, you are adding vital nutrients into the ecosystem that your planter will desperately need.
Make sure that you use a fertilizer with organic compounds. Chemical-based fertilizers are generally not dangerous to your planter, and they may give you impressive yields, but the fact of the matter is that organic fertilizer, like canola meal, improves the overall health of your soil and will ensure that your planter will serve you for years to come.
Building the soil for your planter can be a difficult, but ultimately rewarding job. Hopefully, you have learned a bit from these few pieces of advice.