The #digin series is a set of posts written by me, sponsored by Home Depot. You can also see the other posts in this series here.The #digin series is a set of posts written by me, sponsored by Home Depot. You can also see the other posts in this series here.
The amazing thing about gardening is that it really hasn’t changed that much at all since 400 BC.
Sure, over the past century we’ve added all kinds of unnatural additions, fertilizers and methods that may mislead you into thinking things are complicated. But here’s a secret: they’re not.
For our butterfly garden we’re building a raised bed, protected and accentuated by a retaining wall. Before any plants will ever set foot (or “set root”, if you will) within the orders there’s some preparation required, and it’s all directly related to the soil.
We did a raised bed, building up with a mixture of soil on hand, compost, and other organic debris. I love the look of the wall blocks. My daughter loves walking across them.
Feed your soil, not your plants.
You see, soil is much more complicated than most of us realize. It’s a living, breathing, active ecosystem composed of many different elements which come together to form… Dirt. If you have great soil then your plants will be healthy, happy, and produce many things that will keep you healthy and happy.
Hooray for soil!
So what are the keys to happy soil?
Often called “brown gold”, compost is a miracle worker when it comes to transforming your dirt into soil. Plus, it’s free. Plus it keeps our landfills just a little cleaner. Recycle your grass clippings, leaves, and vegetable waste to the bin and after its set mix your compost into your dirt.
Compost is full of nutrients that your pants thrive on. The break in texture will improve your soils consistency and enhance its ability to conserve water.
Why is mulch on this list? Because its pretty, and all gardens should be pretty. Just kidding.
Mulch holds in water, keeping the ground underneath it moist when it may otherwise be dry and crunchy. It also insulates the ground and helps regulate temperature when conditions spike.
An added benefit of using organic mulch is that as it breaks down it goes back into our garden, decomposing and acting as compost.
Worms, worms, worms. They’re so unassuming, but without them we wouldn’t be here. Worms eat organic matter and poop out nutrients. They dig tiny tunnels which aerate the dirt and keep it from getting compact, giving roots room to spread.
All thoughts and opinions are my own, I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to work with The Home Depot and receive product to enhance our yard!
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