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Compost and Fertilization

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT GARDENING IN HOUSTON

I guess I’m not the first one complaining about the soil here in the Houston area. Its completely compact clay.

So when I plant something I have to do a serious effort to improve the plant’s new growing site. That means pouring in a lot of organic matters and sand. So I dig three spade-blades depth.

First I remove the St.Augustine turf and then dig two spade depths deep under the turf. Then I empty all the organic material I have at hand like branches, leaves and weeds in the bottom of the trench, turning the lawn turf I dug up first upside-down partly on top of the organic matter. Here I had some grass clippings which I poured over the turned turf, mixed it with fine grained bark, sandy soil, the clay and some precious sphagnum mull.

I read somewhere that it’s better with a 1 dollar plant in a 10 dollar hole than the opposite, and in Houston, that is the most important thing you have to remember about gardening.
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Clay soil, turf, grass clippings, organic matter.

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Improve the soil with organic matters. Then the soil will manage to storage water and nutritions better and for longer. And raise the beds somewhat to improve the drainage.

The main keywords are:
  • Improve the soil with organic matter and sand.
  • Raise the beds somewhat to improve the drainage.
  • Fertilize little, but often because the heavy rain washes out the nutritions fast and pollutes the waterways instead.
You can safely buy smaller plants and cheaper plants because the growing season is incredibly long and things grow fast most of the time.

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