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Buying garden soil - 5 tips


Garden soil is not just garden soil. Therefore, we would like to give you a few tips that you should consider when buying garden soil.

Garden soil is not just garden soil

Here's a little tip in advance: Ideally, always dispose of coffee grounds in the garden bed. This promotes the growth of the plants because they are supplied with nitrogen.

Tip 1 - humus
Humus is generally considered the most nutritious garden soil. You should therefore fill your garden with a humus layer of 20 to 30 centimeters before putting plants in it. Humus is available in shops for construction work or earthmoving, as so-called excavation land, extremely cheap. However, you should then throw the humus through a stone sieve, so that you really only distribute the pure soil in the garden. As an alternative to this, real humus garden soil is also available on the market.

Incidentally, forest earth is considered to be an optimal humus supplier and is often offered by the responsible forest authority after clearing work.

Tip 2 - conventional garden soil
Conventional garden soil (e.g. for filling garden beds) is available in various combinations in gardening stores. A distinction is made primarily between:

"Plant Soil - Suitable for general use. The clay content is often higher in plant soil.

"Potting soil - Mixed, humus rich substrate for flower discounts.

"Cemetery earth - purely optically darker, since it has a higher black peat content.

Depending on which garden soil mixture you choose, you must then add lime, fertilizer, peat, etc. However, always read the relevant packaging instructions carefully beforehand. Incidentally, plant-specific mixtures are also sometimes offered in the garden store, e.g. Rhododendron earth.

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Tip 3 - seed soil
Pure, as far as possible germ-free cultivation soil is always used when fresh seeds are planted in the garden or when new plant cuttings are to be used there. The advantage of growing soil is that it usually contains components from water-storing volcanic rock. On top of that, this makes the earth even more relaxed, insofar as it is a quality product.

Tip 4 - compost
Rotting garden waste can be used to recover new soil that also has a very high fertilizer content. So you can produce compost in your own garden all year round. You only have to create a compost heap.

In the broadest sense, compost also includes animal manure, which you can process among other things from cows, pigs and horses in the garden bed. But you should never spread fresh animal manure.

If you do not want to create your own compost, you can also buy compost in so-called green waste landfills. Here it is often also offered very cheaply.

Tip 5 - sand
By adding sand, you can sustainably improve particularly heavy garden soils (e.g. clay soils). It is best to always add some charcoal to the sand. Charcoal prevents numerous fungal diseases. Alternatively, you can also use firewood ash.