For homesteaders and seasoned gardeners, this is the time of year when two dozen yard projects are going on simultaneously – but there never seems to be enough daylight hours to get everything done. One of the tasks that needs to be high in your priority list is soil management. To the natural and organic gardener, there is nothing more important (other than sunlight and water, of course). Building fertile, living soils is a time consuming process, but well worth the effort.
The best approach you can take to enhancing your less-than-stellar-soil is the addition of homemade compost. Not only will it provide benefits to your garden, it will help you divert waste that would normally end up in the landfill. Food scraps, yard debris, grass cuttings, hedge clippings – even paper towels and cardboard – can all be composted to a dark, rich humus. It doesn’t matter if your soil is sandy, rocky or clay – adding compost will improve all of them. Making your own compost instead of buying sterilized, processed material from the big boxes, ensures that you are utilizing the beneficial micro- and macro-fauna that are native to your region. These indigenous micro-organisms work synergistically with the plants and soil invertebrates to enrich and stabilize the soil so that your plants grow stronger and healthier than those raised is biological dead soils fed with chemical fertilizers.