4 Ingredients to Healthy Plants in your Garden

As you’re planning your garden, there are some key ingredients you want to consider. Just like baking some bread or a cake, without these you’re not going to find the success you’re looking for.

You will hear me say this over and over, but we can’t take from the garden without giving back. I would even go so far as to say we can’t take from the garden without giving ahead of time. Build up the bank account of the soil and it will pay you dividends for a long time. The goal is to get the microbial activity in the soil working so that your plants are absorbing the maximum amount of nutrients. When this happens they will have a healthier immune system and will more easily ward of disease, pests and will increase taste and yield.

Here are four things to remember:

Soil - Help your soil become healthy by adding compost and soil conditioners

Air - Make raised beds and don’t compact the soil to ensure for plenty of oxygen to get to the roots

Water - Water your plants deep so that the roots are reach-ing deep for water.  Don’t water too much or in the eve-nings when mold can grow.  Water in the mornings. 

Sunshine - Plant your plants where they can get plenty of sunlight for at least 6 or more hours each day.

Below is a downloadable file you can print and keep handy.


How to Make Nutrient Rich Soil


This is perhaps the most important yet most over-looked element of growing delicious nutrient rich food. 

There are two key ingredients to good soil:

1. Fertility - The amount of nutrients it currently contains and can contain􀀁

2. Structure - The layers and particles that make up the soil itself􀀁

Ideally you want to test your soil to determine it’s pH levels.You can buy a kit at your local hardware store or contact your local county extension office to find out more. The reality is that most soil is depleted of both fertility and good structure so we are going to help both.

It is amazing to see the similarities between soil and our blood.􀀁 Like our bodies, plants also like a neutral pH around 7, they need nutrients to thrive, and they work best in an optimal environment. In this case, the soil should drain well and not be too sandy but at the same time be able to crumble in your hand and so that the roots can easily absorb proper water and nutrient levels.  

In order to help your soil thrive, you will want to regularly add nutrients and materials that turn into humus that then help it drain easier (more crumbly) as well as add compost.

By following the above steps you will help create the optimal conditions for your plants to thrive and in turn pass along the nutrients from the soil to your body. The plants are conduits to take nutrients from the soil and deliver them in a delicious way through your favorite foods􀀁 

Did you know?

The human body is made up of minerals and nutrients and works optimally when replenished with fresh supplies of these on a regular basis. A Reader’s Digest article years ago stated how “researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center confirmed the ancient account in the Torah that every element found in the human body can also be found in the soil.”


Happy Planting, Jared

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