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Natural Ways to Improve Your Soil

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One of the most important things you need in your backyard if you intend to grow your
own food is good soil. Depending on where you live, you might haves oil that can
handle a lot of different fruits or vegetables, or you may be very limited. There are some
natural ways to improve your soil as well.

Start Composting

Compositing is super important to do whenever you are going to garden, especially if
you are growing food. It helps to give you natural fertilizer to help your fruits, veggies,
and herbs grow organically in your yard. Composting is also an ideal way to get the best
soil possible. Composting simply involves reusing organic waste. There are different
types of waste, including brown and green composting waste. This includes things like
grass clippings, weeds, dry leaves, egg shells, manure (if you have animals outdoors),
and food waste. Save them into piles and use it for mulch in the soil.

Encourage the Right Insects

You may not want any insects in your yard, but some of them are actually good for the
soil. Naturally, some bugs aren’t great for your vegetable garden, but there are some
that will work hard to keep your soil healthy. For example, lady bugs have larvae to
improve the health of your soil and soldier beetles are great if you’re growing flowers
and plants. There are certain plants that will encourage these bugs to settle into your
soil, including the following:

* Cosmos
* Dill
* Fennel
* Marigolds
* Perennials
* Parsley
* Sweet clover
* Daisies
* Yarrow
* Goldenrods

Add Cover Crops

Another thing you can add to your vegetable or herb garden in order o naturally improve
the soil is planting cover crops. Cover crops are types of plants that you keep in your
garden to provide nutrients to the soil. Even if these crops have been killed following a
harvest season, keeping them in the soil adds nutrients to it. Legumes make really good
cover crops, so keep those peas, beans, and alfalfa crops even after the main harvest
season.

Make sure if you decide to get store-bought fertilizer for your soil, you use natural and
organic varieties. Pay close attention to the labels and ask someone at the garden
supply store for the most natural options. Usually having cover crops and mulch is
enough for better soil, but this also depends on where you live.

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