Inspecting the quality of your garden produce shouldn’t stop with just size and color. The vegetables you harvest might look healthy, but are they rich in nutrients? Many gardeners don’t realize the importance of soil quality, and the nutritional impact poor soil can have on their vegetables. Let us help you boost your harvest and improve the quality of your vegetables by sharing the importance of nutrient-dense soil.
Although often associated with commercial farming ventures, soil depletion can occur in your backyard garden. Much like people, plants require certain types and amount of nutrients to grow healthy and strong. While people rely on diet to provide the nutrients necessary for healthy living, plants gather their diet needs from the soil. A high-quality vegetable will have more carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals. When they don’t get what they need, it affects their growth and the food they produce.
The recent hype about buying organic does have some truth, as some chemical fertilizers and additives leech and neutralize precious nutrients from the soil and resulting crops, despite increasing the yield and timeline for harvest.
Repeated soil use-crop after crop or continuous same-product harvest- leaves the soil void of the nutrients needed to produce consistent healthy vegetables. There are various nutrients needed for any healthy vegetable plant, yet some plants require additional nutrients or greater quantities. The variety of different types of tomatoes, cabbage, and lettuce are one example. Only planting one type can deplete the nutrients quicker than other vegetable plants. Simply alternating crops isn’t enough.
For nutrient-rich foods to thrive, the soil must be fertilized with the nutrients and elements that support the vegetable.
Creating a balance in the soil requires intentional effort with fertilization and planting practices. Simply adding compost or manure-based isn’t the answer; it can create further soil imbalances. Your crop’s ability to produce its best version of itself hinges upon your soil’s capacity to provide the plant’s key diet needs.
If there is a deficiency, your vegetables won’t achieve its full potential. To build the best soil foundation for your vegetables, use organically-approved soil amendments to supply the minerals and nutrients your crop needs.
Your taste buds will notice a difference in vegetables strong in nutrients, but there will be a change in appearance and form as well.
In taste, vegetables high in nutrients will create immediate satisfaction on your taste buds, contrary to low nutrient vegetables which are bland, sour, and often tasteless. A vegetable higher in nutrients will be denser because minerals weigh more than water. A low-quality vegetable with fewer minerals will be bland, watery or mushy.
As you work in your garden, think of your soil’s nutritional needs just as you would your own. Ask your local nursery to test your soil and find out the composition of the dirt.
Fortify your soil with nutritional supplements specific to your crops, and you will notice remarkable results in your gardening efforts. Come by our location and speak to our experts on how to restore the health to your soil and garden.