5 WAYS TO GET HEALTHY SOIL FOR HEALTHY FOOD
30 OCTOBER 2021
If you want to grow healthy food, the best place to start with is your soil – soil holds the key to nutritious produce and a thriving garden. Full of organic matter and rich in biodiversity, healthy soil that is being nurtured and protected supports life above and below ground and makes plants more resilient to pest attacks. Here are 5 ways to keep your soil healthy and productive and your plants thriving.
Making compost is one of the small actions with a big impact! Composting your household’s food scraps and garden waste keeps organic waste out of landfill and recycles nutrients back into your garden. Nothing builds healthier soil than adding some quality, homemade compost. There are many options for compost bins to suit every space
or you can go DIY and build your own system!
PLANT SOME GREEN MANURE
A cost-effective way to replenish and nourish the soil is to plant a crop of green manure. Simply sow seeds such as mustard greens, lupins, peas or clover (or a mix) and after a few weeks cut it all back and drop it in place and plant right away. The next crop will thank you for it!
INSTALL A WORM TOWER
You can also add fertility to your soil by installing a worm tower in your veggie patch, making compost in situ. You can make one easily by drilling holes into a 20L plastic bucket with a lid and bury it with only the rim and lid of the bucket above ground. Add some compost worms and feed
them your food scraps. The worms will turn the scraps into
beautiful rich castings in no time.
GO CHEMICAL FREE
If you want a garden that is healthy for you and your plants,
and soil that is full of life, take a step back and let Mother
Nature do her work. Lay off harmful chemicals, including
herbicides, pesticides and fungicides as well as synthetic
fertilisers. Instead, opt for natural inputs and a balanced
ecosystem. Don’t reach for the spray the moment you see
aphids. Just wait for the ladybugs to come and take care
of them for you. By providing a welcoming environment for
beneficial bugs and nurturing your soil, you will strengthen
your garden’s defences for future attacks.
Healthy soil builds over time, the more you nurture it, the
more you will be rewarded!