Soil is Key
Good soil is composed of approximately equal parts of sand, silt and clay with a high content of added organic matter such as peat moss, manure or compost.
Good soil contains beneficial organisms (bacteria, fungi, molds and earthworms, etc…) that are constantly breaking down the organic matter in the soil, keeping the earth loose and crumbly so that air, water and plant roots can move freely.
Good soil allows water and nutrients to be ‘unlocked’ from the soil and taken in by the plants roots resulting in healthy plant growth and pest and disease resistance.
Poor soils have high percentages of sand or clay and either drain too quickly (sandy soil) or are too compacted (clay soil) to allow the transfer of water and nutrients to plant roots.
This type of soil results in poor plant health, growth and susceptibility to disease.
How can I tell if my soil is poor?
- If your soil feels ‘gritty’ when rubbed between thumb and forefinger it has a high percentage of sand.
- If a handful of soil sticks together in a clump when squeezed in your hand it has a high percentage of clay.
Improving Poor Soil
If your soil has a high percentage of sand or clay dig in an 8 to 10cm (3-4inch) layer of organic soil amendment such as Keefer’s West Coast Soil Energizer, Mushroom Manure, Sea Soil or your own homemade compost.
Take Note: Because all organic materials are continuously being decomposed by soil organisms even the best of soils will benefit from periodic applications of organic amendments. Dig in up to 5cm (2inches) of organic matter every year or two.
So you see….
It’s All Related
Good Soil = Release Of Water & Nutrients = Healthy Plant Growth = Pest & Disease Resistance
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