When harvest time is over and winter brings less favorable growing conditions, it may seem like your gardening duties are over until the spring. However, winter can be the perfect time to amend your soil, which allows it to provide a more nurturing environment for your plants when they’re ready to go into the ground.
Soil amendments improve the overall condition of the soil, enhance its ability to support plant roots, and encourage healthy, robust growth. Amended soil allows roots to penetrate more easily while providing better nutrient availability.
Amending in the winter months will give your soil more time to establish beneficial microbial networks that will be ready to welcome your new plants in the spring. Soil amendments can be applied to new gardens by mixing them directly into the soil. More established growing environments benefit from top dressing, which involves applying the amendment to the surface and watering it into the soil in a way that doesn’t disturb existing plants and microbial ecosystems.
If you’re ready to set your plants up for success in the spring, here are our recommended products that work exceptionally well together as part of a comprehensive soil amendment strategy:
DYNOMYCO is a top-quality mycorrhizal inoculant that supercharges a plant’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients in the soil. This highly concentrated fungal inoculant contains large amounts of endomycorrhizal propagules that connect to the roots and form a symbiotic relationship with the plant, helping it to realize its full potential in terms of optimal health and maximum yields.
This makes DYNOMYCO a great choice for amending your soil early, giving it time to establish a beneficial microbial network for the roots to tap into when it’s time to plant in the spring.
Earth Alive Soil Activator
Simply put, Earth Alive Soil Activator boosts yields by increasing the availability of nutrients in the soil. Composed of a blend of naturally occurring soil microorganisms and forestry by-product, Soil Activator releases nutrients from organic matter, boosts nitrogen levels, solubilizes phosphorus, and improves micronutrient availability that would otherwise go to waste.
It can be incredibly beneficial to take steps ahead of time to ensure that your plants have access to all the nutrients possible, and Earth Alive Soil Activator is the perfect solution.
ECOMAX is a slow-release, neem-derived, organic nutrient that is rich in protein, carbohydrates, macronutrients, and trace micronutrients that support plant nutrition and improve soil health. Its macro- and micronutrients enhance nutrient uptake through chelation in the cultivation medium.
ECOMAX also produces organic acids over time with rich microbial activity, which reduces the alkalinity of the soil and creates an ideal environment for increased nutrient assimilation and availability. This makes it one of the most versatile organic growing products and an extremely beneficial amendment to the soil
By taking the time in the colder winter months to amend your soil, you can create a more nurturing environment that will ensure that your hungry plants thrive in the spring. When you use the products above, your plants will thank you with more vigorous growth and greater yields come harvest time.
Be sure to check out our blog post How to Winterize, Solarize, and Overwinter Your Garden for more tips on preparing your soil for the next growing season.