The C's of Garden Soil Remediation

By Johnny Kilroy;

Urban dwellings most likely lie on contaminated land, especially developed land that used to be a factory or chemical warehouse. This can make it hard to grow healthy gardens in your backyard. There are a few simple soil remediation procedures you can perform to decrease the toxicity of your soil.

Compost Cramming

Revitalize your soil by adding compost. You can choose to mix it in with the soil or add it as a top layer. Compost is a great soil remediation treatment because it is good for both the soil and the plant. Compost that is made from organic garbage such as meal leftovers and grass clippings is also friendly to the environment.

Crop Circulation

Different plants require as well as secrete different nutrients. By planting the same plants repeatedly, you eventually drain the earth of certain minerals while leaving others in abundance. This soil remediation technique is quite popular with farmers, especially those who grow seasonal crops. By comparing which minerals are taken and given away, you can come up with a good garden plan that takes into account the needs of the soil.

Cover Crops

Before the dismal winters, cover crops can be planted to help the soil recover and keep it healthy for the cold months. These same plants that help discourage weeds and hinder erosion are also good at soil remediation. Depending on your weather conditions, current season, and nutrient needs, various cover crops exist that can help add nitrogen and organic matter to the soil.

Calcium Charging

Commercial fertilizers and calcium sulfate hydride, more popularly known as gypsum or plaster of Paris, help in soil remediation. They increase the soil's calcium content, loosen up compacted soil, and make the soil more water absorbent. However, you should control the amount tilled into the soil as too much calcium can make the soil too acidic for more delicate plants. Plaster of Paris can also be obtained from the scrap from old buildings and construction sites, making it a recycling good deed, too.

Intensive soil remediation would involve water dredging, the use of heavy machinery, and the displacement or replacement of soil. Yet by doing these small things, you won't have to turn your home into a construction site. Keep in mind that extremely contaminated ground may still require a need for more advanced and comprehensive soil remediation in order to get good growth in your lawn and ensure the health of your plants, your ground water, and your family.

Your question: Have you ever followed any of these soil remediation tips for your garden? (post your comments below)

About the Author: Johnny Kilroy is the owner of He is a lifelong entrepreneur, strategist and trend setter.


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