How to restore soil fertility after winter: tips from experienced vegetable gardeners

Yulia PoteriankoLife
You need to prepare for the new summer cottage season in December

Although it seems that winter has just begun and the new summer cottage season is still far away, it is better to start preparing for it now. For example, take care of restoring soil fertility after the cold weather.

Experienced summer residents have some tips for this case. OBOZ.UA tells you what you need to do in the first days of spring to get a good harvest in the summer.

Sow the garden with green manure

These plants are called green fertilizers. They are completely organic and provide the soil with nutrients in the best possible form for assimilation. You can sow green manure as soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws. It is best to choose phacelia, oats, or mustard for spring sowing - they begin to develop at fairly low temperatures and can give the first shoots as early as March. After sowing green manure, you will need to wait 2-3 weeks, and then mow the greens, leave them in the garden and dig them into the ground so that the young stems mix with it. They will gradually decompose and release nutrients.

Use fertilizer

If you don't have the time or inclination to do green manure, you can use a proven method of soil enrichment and add fertilizer to the soil. Experts say that you need to choose according to the type of soil in your garden. If you use mineral mixtures, follow the instructions on the package. If you prefer organic fertilizers, such as matured compost or rotted manure, use a bucket of fertilizer per square meter of area. Organic fertilizers will also make the soil lighter and more drained.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you what plants can be planted for seedlings in December.

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