It’s important to remember why most of us grow vegetables in our backyards – for health and nutrition! There are obviously dozens of other benefits behind gardening, but this is usually why people choose to spend time and money growing their own food.
As a gardener, it is possible to grow more nutrient-dense food than anything you can buy in most grocery stores. The key is to minimize stress on your plants. When we give plants the opportunity to express their true genetic potential, they can be incredibly prolific, nutritious, and resistant to pests and disease. Most stress actually comes from poor soil nutrition—something gardeners can actually control (unlike a Colorado snow or hail storm).
Here are Three Simple Tricks to Increasing Nutrient Density in Your Garden
- Get a Soil Test— This is the biggest key to massively improving your garden. It’s easy and costs less than $30.
- Don’t Add Compost Indiscriminately—Compost is beautiful and amazing. But it’s just one tool of many in a gardener’s toolbox. Adding too much compost leads to excess nutrient and salt build-up that hurts plant health and nutrient-density.
- Figure Out Your Irrigation—Easier said than done! Get to know your soil by digging your hand down to feel the moisture. It should stay consistently moist an inch under the surface, but not wet and muddy.