5 benefits of amending your soil

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Whether you have a garden, or are getting ready to start one, the success of your plants depends on the soil. Amendments are materials you add to soil to improve its physical or chemical properties. This is why amending your soil is so important – it can help make up for nutrients that are currently missing, help change the composition so it’s not too sandy or too hard, and helps change the water retention characteristics of your native soil.

Here are the top 5 reasons amending your soil is a great idea:

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  •  You can improve the texture of your soil. If your soil is too hard, has too much clay, or too sandy and won’t hold water well, you can amend the soil to improve the size of the soil particles and their cohesiveness.

  •   Add nutrients that your plants need. All plants need three primary nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen gets used up quickly by plants, as it’s responsible for healthy leaf and stem growth. You may need to add some to your soil after a season. Potassium is good for the plants overall health but it’s water soluble and gets depleted quickly; it’s a good idea to add some to the soil after a season or two. Potassium is used to boost the plants immune system and should be replaced after a season to help keep your plants healthy.

  •  Adjusting the pH. You should test your soil after each season; the optimal pH range for most plants is between 5.5 and 7.0 – though some plants do well in more acidic soil, such as tomatoes. You can adjust these levels by adding either lime to make your soil less acidic, or sulfur to lower the pH and raise the acidity of the soil.

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  • Helps encourage beneficial microbes. These microbes stimulate the health and growth of your plants, and adding compost and natural matter like mulch will give them plenty to eat, which they in turn into good stuff for your plants such as carbon dioxide.

  • Water conservation. When the soil is loosened up and nutrients are added, the plants are able to take in more water and will need less of it because they’re can now use it more efficiently.

Amending your soil is like doing a ‘spring cleaning’ for your garden – your plants have a refreshed space to grow in, and you’ll be rewarded with a better yield at harvest time. If you’re not sure where to start, Geoflora VEG and BLOOM have the perfect mix of nutrients to add to the soil through your whole grow cycle, so go ahead and amend your way to happier plants!

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