Rev up your soil

Rev up your soil

Okay, so any tropical gardeners out there are already planting out vegies, vines, shrubs, and so on for spring, while subtropical gardeners are only weeks away from doing the same, but the rest of you are lingering by the heater, waiting for the soil to warm up. Instead of kicking back, you can get cracking on a few ways to give your spring plantings a nice little turbo boost.

  1. Prepare planting holes and fork over vacant borders and vegie beds, mixing in plenty of garden compost, mushroom compost or well-rotted manure, plus a few good handfuls of an organic fertiliser, such as blood and bone.
  2. Water the area well and cover it with a blanket of lightweight organic mulch, such as pea straw or sugarcane mulch.
  3. Wait for all the worms and microbes to come in and perform their magic, while you return to the fireside to fine-tune your spring planting plans.
  4. In the lead-up to planting, check on your prepared areas regularly, and give them another watering if needed. Once a fortnight, dilute some liquid seaweed, fish emulsion or worm juice in a watering can and pour it over your improved soil for an added nutritional and microbial boost. Your plants will just love it!

Grab the August issue of ABC Gardening Australia for more than 50 jobs to do in your garden.