Make or Break Your Garden

You’ve just spent a good sum of money on plants for your garden. You’re excited to get them planted and see how your garden starts to grow, but 2 weeks later your plants are struggling to take hold and start to die off. Your well spent money slowly withering away, but why?

Most gardeners reading this would say “well obviously it is a lack of watering”, which most of the time would be the answer, however, you have done your due diligence and watered to a strict plan you constructed up from your googling and research.

So why are they dying or not looking as healthy as when they left the nursery? Did you ever consider your soil?

The soil in your garden may be the culprit in all of this. Most new developments are left using construction sand to fill and create gardens, like most gardens in Gauteng that deal with red sand. People tend to overlook the importance of soil preparation and conditioning when it comes to planting new gardens.

Just like us, your plants need the right nutrients and conditions to grow, and the soil that you plant in may not be completely right for your plants. However, before you go into a panic of imagining what it would cost to remove your soil and put the right soil in, there is a simple and cost-effective solution, and following this step will save you money in the long run and keep your plants looking healthy.

That simple solution is conditioning or feeding. Conditioning your soil is the process of mixing either a rich soil or compost into your garden to buffer your soil and give it that extra boost that it needs. By conditioning with the right product, your soil will increase moisture retention and aeration, which means less watering and more oxygen to your plants’ roots.

This process also feeds your soil with the right nutrients needed for your plants. Therefore increasing the growth and the health of your plants. Fertilizers can be costly, but the benefits are worth every cent. For cost-effective conditioning and feeding we would recommend using JoGro Compost. JoGro is fully decomposed and works as a lawn dressing and fertilizer for both your lawn and garden. To feed your garden or lawn with a feeding program, we recommend using any of the Talborne Organics range, which slow-releases nutrients into your lawn and garden through 4 months, which means your garden would only need to be fed 3 times a year.

And there you have it, simple and affordable is all you need to make your garden stand out from the rest. Happy Gardening!

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