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Soil Preparation In Your Polytunnel

Preparing soil with organic fertilizer is a good way to improve soil fertility and provide essential nutrients for your plants to thrive. Here are the steps to prepare soil with organic fertilizer:

  1. Test the soil: It's important to test the soil to determine its pH level and nutrient content. You can purchase a soil testing kit from a gardening supply store or take a sample of your soil to a local extension office for testing. This will help you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking and what adjustments you need to make to improve it.

  2. Add organic matter: Organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost should be added to the soil to improve its fertility. It helps to improve the structure of the soil, retain moisture and suppress weeds.

  3. Incorporate the organic matter: Once you've added organic matter to the soil, it should be worked into the soil using a spade or a garden fork to a depth of 8-12 inches, to ensure it is well mixed in.

  4. Adjust the pH level if necessary: If the soil test reveals that your soil pH is not within the appropriate range for the plants you want to grow, you can adjust it by adding lime to raise the pH or sulfur to lower the pH.

  5. Apply fertilizer: Apply a granulated organic fertilizer, such as bone meal, blood meal, or fish meal, according to package instructions. These fertilizers contain a variety of essential nutrients that will help your plants grow.

  6. Wait: Allow the soil to rest for a few weeks to allow the organic matter to break down and to give the fertilizer time to work.

  7. Plant: After waiting, the soil will be ready to plant, now you can select the plants of your preference, and follow the recommended spacing and care guidelines for the best results.

It's also important to note that organic fertilizers release their nutrients slowly, so it may be necessary to reapply them periodically throughout the growing season to maintain optimal soil fertility.

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