‘Plants need air sun water and nutrients… four things that our own body needs, look at the soil- pretend it’s your blood, whatever is in that soil as soon as you eat that plant, it’s in your blood’– From a documentary, I saw on soil

I must admit that the quote is very accurate. What are we putting in the soil? Why is it important? We want our plants to take up what is best. What they take in, we put in our bodies from the plants that are living in that soil.

You can’t have nutrient-dense food in nutrient-deficient soil. The question I ask you is: Can you feed the world with dead soil? No, you can’t! The health of our soil matter.

Billions of organisms live in the soil. Many of them you can’t see and some of them you can. While working in the soil in my yard, I picked up an earthworm. They say that those little guys are an indication of good soil health and we found many!

How do earthworms benefit the soil? They aerate the soil, they help with breaking down organic material, and they improve soil conditions. Their “cast” is full of nutrients and they improve soil structure. Healthy soil helps grow healthy plants. There is life in the soil and each organism has a role to play. There is a world that many of us take for granted. Literally, under our feet there is life-sustaining material. How can we take care of our soil? Know that healthy soil is alive! What is living in our soil? Besides earthworms, we have roly-polys, and fungi to name a few.

In one acre of land, it is home to 2 plus tons of organisms. One teaspoon of soil could hold: 100 nematodes, 250,000 algae, 300,000 amoeba, 450,000 fungi, 11,700,000 actinomycetes, and 100,000,000 bacteria.

Soil provides plants with other nutrients that help them to thrive. So whats in the soil matters. Just like what we eat matters for our health and well being.

How can we improve soil fertility:

Look into organic matter..using compost. A wonderful example of taking care of the soil is botanist, George Washington Carver, he developed ways to help with soils that were being depleted by the repeated growth of cotton. He taught about crop rotation as a means to encourage farmers to restore nitrogen in their soil. His method not only used crops that restored nitrogen in the soil but they were also good for eating! In the process of doing that he improved cotton yields and it gave farmers another crop that they could sell.

You can test your soil and see what it needs and amend where needed.

Benefits of soil:

It is said that there are antidepressant microbes in the soil

Soil provides nutrients for plants

Soil provides support for the plants (it provides anchorage)

The soil houses the organisms that help in decomposing organic matter, aerate the soil, and remove metals out of the soil.

Soil is beneficial to human life

If we do not take care of the soil, it affects the world. Making sure we do not pollute the environment and contribute to the maintaining and improvement of soil conditions is a matter that each of us must take part in.

 

 

 

 

 

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