Calcium It’s Role in Soil and Plant Health

What is Calcium? Calcium is an essential plant nutrient who’s role is vital to both plant and soil health. Its presence in the soil affects everything from soil pH and soil salinity to a soils structure. Its uptake by plants is vital to cellular health where it serves to strengthen and thicken cell walls and to regulate cell permeability. Its role as secondary messenger additionally … Continue reading Calcium It’s Role in Soil and Plant Health

Winter Garden Care – Protecting Your Plants From Salt Damage

Rock salt or Sodium Chloride (Na Cl) is commonly used to deice roads and walkways. As a deicer it is fast, easy to use, effective and affordable. On the down side though, its corrosive nature is damaging to vehicles, roads and pathways. This same salt can also be very damaging to plant material. There are 3 ways in which salt can damage your plant material: … Continue reading Winter Garden Care – Protecting Your Plants From Salt Damage

13 Essential Soil Nutrients For Plant Health

There are 13 mineral nutrients known to be important to a plant’s health. The 3 you will be most familiar with are: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K)They are collectively classified primary macronutrients. (Macronutrients being nutrients that are consumed in larger quantities while micronutrients are those consumed in smaller quantities). These 3 plant nutrients are essential for plant growth, health and for the process of photosynthesis.  Plants use larger … Continue reading 13 Essential Soil Nutrients For Plant Health

Mycorrhizae Fungi -Your Plants Ticket to Good Health

What are Mycorrhizae Fungi? The word Mycorrhizae literally means ‘Fungus Root’ coming from the Greek words ‘mycos’ meaning fungus, and ‘rhiza’ meaning root .  Mycorrhizae are special soil fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. In this association both organisms benefit. The fungi attach themselves to the roots and feed on the sugars (carbon) produced by the plant during photosynthesis. In exchange the fungi … Continue reading Mycorrhizae Fungi -Your Plants Ticket to Good Health

Identifying and Correcting Soil Problems

IDENTIFYING & CORRECTING SOIL PROBLEMS: Some soils have special challenges to face that go beyond texture, pH imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. Failure to address these issues will usually result in poor plant health even death.  HARDPAN: Hardpan is an impervious layer of soil at or near the soil surface. Roots, nutrients and water can barely (if at all) penetrate it. It is a difficult condition to … Continue reading Identifying and Correcting Soil Problems

FERTILIZERS – Natural Verses Synthetic

Wikipedia defines fertilizer as “any organic or inorganic material of natural or synthetic origin (other than liming materials) that is added to a soil to supply one or more plant nutrients essential to the growth of plants.” Many of the nutrients essential to plant growth already exist in sufficient amounts in your soil and require no further supplementation. While others quickly can become depleted and … Continue reading FERTILIZERS – Natural Verses Synthetic

Soil pH and it’s Importance

What is pH? The small “p” stands for potential and the capital “H” stands for Hydrogen. It pertains to a soils acidity or alkalinity. In some gardening books you may see soil described as being sweet or sour. Sweet soil means a soil is alkaline where as a sour soil means it is acidic. Why is pH important to plant health? A soils pH is of … Continue reading Soil pH and it’s Importance

SOIL TEXTURE AND SOIL STRUCTURE

Soil Texture Is one of the most important things to know about your soil. Soil is comprised of different sizes of mineral particles. The relative amounts of each of these different sized particles constitute a soils texture. There are 3 main soil textures; sandy, silty or clayey and there are pluses and minuses to each one. Sandy Soils: Have a gritty texture. Their larger particle size … Continue reading SOIL TEXTURE AND SOIL STRUCTURE