Gardening can be a very relaxing activity. For some people, a backyard garden is another way of augmenting the family budget – by planting fruit yielding plants, you can actually save on the family meal. Whether you are thinking of starting your own vegetable garden or flower garden, processing the soil and aerating it is one of the basic tasks that you need to do as a gardener. Instead of purchasing an automatic Rototiller, however, you can make your own. This is especially useful if you are only working a small patch of land. Here are the procedures to for your own Rototiller.
- Break the surface with a mattock. The Rototiller can be replaced with equipment that is already found in your own home. The mattock should be used to break the surface of the soil. The soil will naturally harden over time, especially if it is left barren. If no plants are growing in the area, the air pockets in the soil will consolidate and become a continuous surface that is very difficult to till and work through. The mattock will help to break down the slab of earth into smaller chunks that are easier to manage.
- Use a shovel to turn the soil. Once the soil is fragmented, you can use a shovel to work through the large chunks. Keep in mind that you are working for finely ground soil. This will allow the air to penetrate the soil, and water to reach the roots. Plenty of vegetable and flowering plants also cannot live in compacted soil since their roots are fragile and will not be able to push through hard soil. The shovel will help you dig through the difficult spots. Use a flathead hoe to turn larger masses of earth. Turning the soil is also important since the humus in the top soil will have a chance to circulate to the lower soil layers where the roots are found.
- Use a rake to aerate the soil. When the soil is fine enough for raking, run a rake through the soil. The rake is especially useful in fully and meticulously airing the soil. The rake will also help in breaking down the smaller chunks that are difficult to work through with a shovel. For best results, run the rake through the plot at least twice. This will ensure even soil aeration.
- Use a hoe to work through the tough spots. In some cases, a garden plot will have particularly hard soil. You can work through these areas by using a hoe. The hoe is excellent for breaking down very hard chunks of land. If there are some chunks of soil that cannot be broken down using a hoe, you should simply remove these from the plot. You can also add humus or top soil bought from gardening shops, if your soil is particularly barren.
With a well aerated soil, you will be able to easily grow plants in your garden. Make sure that you regularly turn and aerate the soil, in order to keep the soil healthy. Use a compost pit to add organic fertilizers for your plants. These should keep your flowers or vegetables blooming and yielding plenty of fruits for you.