Soil Fertility and Plant Health

how to feed your soil

It is that time of year. You are probably asking yourself, what do I add to my soil to improve it. If you feed your soil, your soil will feed your plants.

Fertile soil is one rich in good organic matter, humus, and a large and diverse population of microbiology. It has air pockets, the ability to hold water, the ability to drain water, and a good earthy smell. It also includes organic sources of macro and micronutrients. Healthy, well fed soil, will contain lots of nutrients for Microbes. The microbes will feed your plants.

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A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Amendments

How can we build a soil that will feed our plants? The goal in building soil is to create soil that is nutrient rich and is biologically active. We have learned, through the actions of Big Ag, that adding quick acting chemical fertilizers actually decreases the health of plants and the nutrient value of our foods (in addition to damaging aquatic life, birds and beneficial insect populations.) In gardening, less is actually more. If we add what plants need into the soil and make sure our soil is chock-full of a healthy microorganisms, then we actually will gain more.

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