Get the dirt on your garden…
Mixing clay into your garden beds is a great, natural way to aid water absorption and retention. The clay particles bond with the sand and help improve the soil structure. This provides excellent drainage, so the water doesn’t just sit on the top, but also helps retain that water in the ground. Not only does this mean that your soil stays moist, it ensures that any other nutrients you add such as liquid fertiliser, don’t get washed away.
Rock dust is exactly what it sounds like! Crazy, right? Why on Earth would you want to put crushed rocks in your garden??? Well, that’s simple. Because the rocks have already been ground to powder, it’s easier for it to break down and release trace elements into the soil. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sulfur, iron and copper are all fantastic for your plants. For example, calcium helps to build strong cell walls, which helps to fight off disease. As Rock Dust needs to break down, it’s considered a slow release fertiliser. This means that it wont wash away and it perfect for adding nutrients to sandy soil.
Healthy gardens have plenty of organic matter in the soil. This can be done with a variety of things such as manure, garden waste and kitchen scraps. You can also purchase pre-made compost, which is a blend of already partially broken down organic matter. Compost adds structure to your soil, again allowing water absorption and retention. It also encourages worms, good bacteria and fungi to break down the compost further and release the rich nutrients.