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soil by spreading shredded leaves and grass clippings on it. It might take a little time before it starts to decompose and work its way down to rooting depth, but once the decomposition starts, you will begin to see a big difference in your soil. You also can use horse, cow or chicken manure as an organic matter supplement. Just be sure the manure is aged or composted so that you don't get a weed problem from viable weed seeds in the manure.
Successful gardening relies on continual soil building. Building soil is building up a large reservoir of plant nutrients by empowering trillions of soil microbes to turn organic matter into biochemical compounds. How do you empower all of these soil microbes into doing your bidding? You have to build them a suitable home. Soil that has been amended with organic matter, aged or composted manure, humus, compost, compost tea, or mulched with straw, wood chips or other organic materials will create an environment that beneficial bacteria, fungi, arthropods and other microbial organisms will find irresistible.
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The first time newcomers try to drive a shovel into the ground in Nevada, they often notice something different. This soil isn't like most soil in California, Idaho, Montana and many other places. Our soils work perfectly for our beautiful native plant communities, but when you try to grow something that isn't from around here, it's another story.
Don't despair this spring as you head into the garden. Turn over a new leaf by paying attention to what's underfoot. Sure, Nevada soils are challenging, but they're worth the toil.
Organic matter positively affects soil fertility, water holding capacity and drainage. You can work it into the soil or simply spread it on top of the soil. Working organic matter into the soil is called Converse All Star Leather Hi Top amending the soil. If you are planting right away, it is best to work the organic matter into the soil, rather than wait for it to work its way into the soil. Placing organic matter on top of the soil is called mulching.
Soil is the foundation of an abundant garden. Attempting to grow food without paying attention to what lies beneath will certainly bring you frustration and unhappiness. To be a successful Nevada gardener, you need to have an intimate relationship with your garden soil.
Leslie Allen is a former commercial horticulture program coordinator for the Western area of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. She also is a 2008 Nevada EcoNet Golden Pine Cone award recipient.
proverb that says the best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow. You have to get your hands into the soil on a regular basis, and you have to regularly add organic matter. Indeed, the only way to effectively improve your soil is to add organic matter.
Not only do we have soils with very little organic matter and a wide range of drainage issues, we also often contend with soils that have been compacted to 95 percent. Construction codes demand that the soil our homes are built upon be compacted to minimize settling and shifting. While this requirement works well for keeping our homes grounded, it is terrible for growing plants. Furthermore, most of the soil around your home might be from somewhere else. It is not uncommon to scrape off native topsoil during home construction, and replace it with fill dirt of unknown quality and origin. We are asking a lot of our plants when we expect them to grow and thrive with so much stacked against them.
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Getting hands dirty necessary to build solid soil foundation
To illustrate this point, think of a time when you hiked through a heavily wooded area, such as a redwood forest. Now, think of hiking through sagebrush country. Do you recall stepping on pine needles and spongy soil in the forest? Forests have huge amounts of organic matter, such as leaves and needles being added to the soil and decomposing regularly. Sagebrush country, on the other hand, doesn't get much in the way of leaves, needles or other organic matter falling on the ground. As a result, we typically try to plant on hard ground that contains very little organic matter.
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