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When it comes to garden soil, we trust the manufacturers, after all they also have a clue. However, it is so easy to produce nutrient-rich soil yourself. We show how to do it.Make your own nutrient-rich soil
Soil is a precious commodity and the basis for successful gardening. That is why the range of garden soil in retail is so large. There is potting soil, lawn soil, growing soil, vegetable soil and many, many more. Unfortunately, the names are mostly misleading. If you are not relying on quality brands such as COMPO (manufacturer of bio-chemical products for home and garden), which specifies exactly which soil is suitable for which plants, and also explains how you could best use and store them You quickly supply your plants with the wrong soil. If so, then you should already buy the right soil for your plants (see practical overview of the plant soil types here), rely on tested products or produce your own nutrient-rich soil that is suitable for all plants.
Advantages of self-made earth
The advantage of self-made, nutrient-rich soil is that your plants will later receive excellent care from this “healthy” soil and are far less susceptible to diseases and pests. The reason for this is that the self-made earth is not an industrial mass product, but rather a mass mixed in a controlled manner.
If you use your own nutrient soil in the garden, you usually have to apply far less fertilizer (including natural fertilizers). In some cases, you can even completely do without fertilization. In addition, the charcoal mixed with the garden soil ensures a special looseness and also ensures effective water storage. This means that the soil absorbs more water when it rains, which the plants degrade when it is dry.
Instructions for the production of nutrient-rich soil
You should start mixing the soil in late spring until late summer if possible. The advantage is that the temperatures no longer drop below 15 degrees (not even at night), which guarantees a positive development of the mixture.
➤ Step 1 - Prepare the container:
Of course, you can use the already rotten compost for the production of nutrient-rich soil, which you have filled with shredded kitchen waste and plant residues, among other things. However, it is important that you only pile up plant residues in the compost that are free of diseases and pests.
You also need a large container that can be closed airtight. You need this for the preparation of the basic mixture.
➤ Step 2 - Mix compost, charcoal and microorganisms:
Fill 2/3 of the container with compost, layer by layer always sprinkling a little stone powder (mineral) over the mass. You should also add a 10 percent share of pollutant-free charcoal to the mixture. Of course, you can also use charcoal from your own fireplace (see interesting article here). Simply collect the charcoal in the fireplace over the winter season or add it to the compost regularly.
You can optimize such a mixture by adding so-called effective microorganisms. Such approved EM products are available in liquid form in organic food stores, among others. In this way, they can be added to the compost easily.
Mix all the ingredients well in the container, then seal them airtight and let the soil mix rest for about 2 weeks.
➤ Step 3 - Grounding:
Afterwards, of course, you still have to ground the mixture. For this purpose, you should choose a location in the garden that has natural soil. You must now spread the fresh mixture evenly on this natural surface (loosen the soil there beforehand) and then cover it with conventional garden soil.
Finally, cover the entire area with a plastic sheet (weigh it down with stones) and leave the new nutrient soil to rest for about half a year (e.g. over the winter).
➤ Step 4 - Use:
In the coming spring you can mix the new soil with a spade again and then spread it in the garden beds as required.