Category Archives: Soil

7. Comfrey – A Nutural Fertilizer

Comfrey is a particularly valuable source of fertility to the organic gardener. It is very deep rooted and acts as a dynamic accumulator, mining a host of nutrients from the soil. These are then made available through its fast growing … Continue reading

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6. Green manure

In agriculture, a green manure is a type of cover crop grown primarily to add nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Typically, a green manure crop is grown for a specific period, and then plowed under and incorporated into … Continue reading

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5. Nitrogen Fixers

Nitrogen is often the limiting nutrient in a garden, thus N-fixing plants like legumes and many others will slash the need for fertilizer, and at the same time pour more organic matter into the soil than fertilizer ever could. This … Continue reading

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4. Compost Bins

In a natural system there is no waste or pollution – the output from one natural process is always the resource for another natural process. Recycle and reuse local resources as many times as possible within a polycultural system. Compost … Continue reading

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3. Woody ways to build soil

Extracts from Bill Mollison Hugelkultur In the carefully tended forests of central Europe, no scrap of wood is ever wasted. Branches and brushy prunings are used in a gardening technique called  hugelkultur, or mound culture. To create a hugelkultur, pile … Continue reading

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2. Sheet Mulch

Basic Sheet mulching technique Sheet mulching is one of the basics in the ecological gardener’s tool kit. It’s a method of eradicating weeds and building soil that eliminates herbicides and avoids tilling, both of which rupture soil ecology. Sheet mulching … Continue reading

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1. Checking and adjusting ph levels

Checking and adjusting ph levels It is suggested to check the ph level of soil acidity or soil alkalinity. A soil with a pH lower than 7.0 is an acid soil and one with a pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline. Generally … Continue reading

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