Monthly Archives: January 2015
Whether you’re growing a bountiful vegetable garden for your own produce or want to have beautiful flowers surrounding your home all year round, the key to your garden’s success will significantly be impacted by the kind of soil it’s growing in. Simply put, the healthier the soil is, the healthier your garden will be.
Though some of the best ways to enhance the nutrients of the soil is to add compost, fertiliser, manure, and other environmentally friendly nutrients, it’s important to determine what kind of soil you already have, as well as its properties before adding more to it.
Types of Soil
Soil is naturally rich in three different types of mineral particles: clay, sand, and silt -- each behaves differently and requires different needs (water, sun exposure, etc.). The texture of the soil changes as the relative percentage of each of these particles in the soil varies:
Any outdoor work is far easier with good tools. Purchasing the highest quality tools you can afford is generally a rule of thumb when it comes to gardening and outdoor work. Quality garden tools pay for themselves over time since they will have to be replaced less often and will also lessen the time required to complete your task.
Good garden tools are not cheap, so you want to keep your tools in the best possible condition. Fortunately tool maintenance is fairly quick and easy and doesn’t cost you much at all, especially in comparison to the cost of buying a new set.
Basic Maintenance Kit
Have handy the supplies you need to keep your garden tools in good shape. The list is fairly short:
- Linseed oil
- A general purpose oil like 3-in-1
- A stiff wire brush
- Cleaning rags
- Sharpening stone