Promoting Soil Health | Stonyfield Organic

Just as we must nurture ourselves, we must nurture our plants! After all, if your plants aren’t happy and healthy, they probably won’t make your body happy and healthy either. If you’re looking for help when it comes to nourishing your garden, we’ve got some great gardening hacks for you.

1. Grow anti-pest plants.

Strategic plants can ward off annoying pests frustrating garden wreckers. And, thankfully, they’re plants you probably already love! Lavender, basil, and chrysanthemums (a.k.a. mums) are just a few things you can add (or increase) in your garden to keep unwanted guests from  wreaking havoc on your plants.

2. Add yogurt to your plant soil.

That’s rightyour favorite yogurt can also feed your favorite plants! When you add yogurt to your soil, it fertilizes plants and improves growth. Check out this video to make the perfect plant concoction using yogurt.

3. Reuse your coffee grounds in your plant soil.

Wake up your garden! Spent coffee grounds can promote plant growth, prevent weeds, ward off pests, and attract earthworms all great things that your garden will thank you for in the end. So, instead of throwing your own coffee grounds in the trash, throw them in the ground!

4. Don’t forget your cabbage.

We’re not kidding. Really good organic fruits and veggies start with really good soil. The best part about balancing yours? You don’t even need fancy tests or equipment. This simple cabbage test will help you determine if your soil’s ph needs to be reduced or raised.

5. Say ciao to weeds. 

Got a weed problem? Head to your kitchen and make a nice Italian pasta dish and then pour the leftover boiled water on your weeds. Sounds odd, but the boiling water can kill unwanted plants. Give it a try on those pesky weeds growing in the cracks of your driveway!

6. Compost your egg shells.

Don’t throw away those eggshells from breakfast! Instead, crush them up, and put them in the garden. According to Gardening.org, egg shells are a great source of calcium, which plants need to grow and thrive.