Now that you have decided to have a vegetable garden at your home, it is important to prepare the soil to grow vegetables of good quality. Soil is undoubtedly the most important ingredient of any vegetable garden and ideal soil for your garden is deep, loose and crumbly. Moreover, it should drain well whilst containing correct amount of conditioners. Soil conditioning is extremely essential to improve the overall quality of the soil and to ensure that it provides the right amount of water, air and other nutrients to the plant to help it grow. Following are some simple steps that you can follow to prepare the soil for your vegetable garden.
Organic vegetable gardening focuses on soil improvement through the usage of organic material to allow the growth of quality vegetables. It even relies on organic control methods to manage problems caused by insects and plant diseases. The growing medium for organic vegetable gardening is any medium on which the plant grows. Having organic growing mediums is eco-friendly and promotes sustainable and cost effective gardening practices.
Traditional soil gardening methods are slowly becoming obsolete as more and more people are turning towards hydroponic gardening as an alternative. Hydroponics is a gardening method where no soil is used to grow the plants. Instead, plants are grown in an inert plant growing media, which provides mineral nutrients.
Cocopeat, also known as coir pith, is obtained from processed coconut husks. The coconut fibre is extracted from within the husk and the remaining material is treated to be used as a growing medium for plants. The coir is cleaned, treated with heat and sun dried before being selectively graded. It is then made into Cocopeat products having varying density and granularity to be used in agricultural, horticultural or industrial applications.
Coconut shells are covered with a layer of husk known as coir. The coir fibres have a layer of granular dust between them called pith. This pith is an extremely good material for hydroponic gardening or as a soil improving additive. The pith is commercially known as cocopeat and is sold in the form of pressed cakes or bundles. As a soil improvement material, cocopeat has several qualities that help in amending soil quality, which in turn makes it an ideal choice as a soil conditioner.
BioActive Cocopeat is the by-product of coconut shell husks. The granular substance found between the husk fibres is extracted, cleaned, dried and then pressed into shapes for use as a soil additive. The finished product is available in varying densities and with different granular compositions. According to gradation, it is either used as a soil additive or as an industrial absorbent. This product is also known as coir pith or simply coco coir. It is extensively used in the agricultural and horticultural industries as a means of conditioning the soil.
Both gardeners who tend to their plants as a hobby as well as commercial crop growers look for ways to give their plants a natural boost. In other words, these people look ways to produce healthier plants, which would include:
- root systems that are deeper and stronger
- greener foliage
- more abundant fruits and flowers
- plants that are more resistant to diseases and can tolerate temperature fluctuations
BioActive Cocopeat serves as an excellent plant growing medium for hydroponic gardening as well as organic gardening. It is a natural soil improver, which enhances the quality of soil and if necessary, changes soil structure to make it favourable for abundant plant growth. Cocopeat is obtained from the husk of coconut shells once all the coconut has been extracted. The product known as coir pith is pressed into cakes or sold in bundles. Cocopeat is the commercial name for coir pith. It is a 100% biodegradable product and thus favoured in organic gardening.
Coco coir substrate is widely recognised as the best plant growing medium for everyday gardening as well as hydroponic gardening. It is a completely natural substrate obtained from the husk of coconuts and cleaned and processed to act as an organic soil conditioner.
While preparing vegetable garden soil, you have to be careful about the soil amendments that you plan to use as the right one will ensure a healthy and good crop while the wrong choice will bri