There are many things to consider when installing a Garden. But one of the most important elements besides
water is something a little less glamorous…soil.
Our modern climate is continuing to astonish our scientists, and ourselves with all the changes. The exciting news is that many
new and exciting solutions to living greener have become very popular, green roofs are common now, but 10 years ago, not so
much. Canadians have been experiencing hotter, dryer summers all across the nation.
So it would make sense that to know one’s garden, is to know the soil….right?
Soil is the food of all organics.
Bad soil = low nitrates or veggies without trace minerals, or perennials that do not bloom, or, plants that suffocate!
Soil balance is what you need to begin with before selecting plants if at all possible, as it could save you time and money,
especially if your thinking about growing a veggie garden in that back corner you have over there.
In this business, its all starts at ground level. When I arrive on a site for Garden discoveries, I look carefully at the shadows,
the sunspots and the existing soil conditions. Sometimes all it takes is time and lots of leaf, twig and pine debris…while others
need new soil replenished once a year, usually we blame the trees as the greedy eaters!
ADVICE OF THE MONTH: Start with good soil, if you don’t have any, Buzz Queen Beez!
(Above Photo courtesy of Su Martin)