If you sleep in a lumpy bed at night, you’re going to have an aching back in the morning and be in a bad mood all day. Your plants and crops also require a good bed to be at their best, and if you cooperate with nature, your garden’s soil will provide a healthy environment in which they can grow and thrive. It all comes down to making sure your soil is well fed.
If you could see look beneath your garden, you’d observe earthworms, mites, bacteria and other critters that release nutrients and create the loose soil structure your plants and crops need.
Take a look at this article titled, “Building Fertile Soil.” In addition to plenty of great information about how to maintain the complex soil ecosystem in your garden, it warns you about how that system can be damaged.
Here are the three best things you can do for your garden’s soil and the health of your plants and crops:
- Minimize plowing, tilling and digging. These processes serve to bury surface layer organisms, break threads of beneficial fungi and destroy earthworm tunnels.
- Use compost, grass clippings, leaves and organic mulches regularly. Compost should be spread across the surface with a rake and covered immediately with mulch. The worms will then move the compost into the soil.
- Always keep soil covered with live crops or organic mulch. If no live crops are being grown, sow a cover crop, which will protect bare soil, add nutrition and offer a stable environment for microbes and earthworms when the ground is fallow.
Do you have any garden tips that were not included in this email or the article? If so, please share them. I’d love to hear from you.