Composting and Soil Building
Part of "Soil Basics"
This Course segment gives you a starting point into the fascinating world of soil and composting.
The ideal soil has a loose, crumbly texture. It holds both water and air well yet drains quickly. It is loaded with microorganisms and can hold nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and minerals. It has the proper acid/alkaline balance (called "pH") for the particular plants being grown.
But few soils have all these qualities. Improving the soil by encouraging it to sustain a vibrant biodynamic system through composting and other techniques is vital to a successful garden or farm.
This segment will show you the different components that make up a healthy, living soil. It provides composting and "soil building" tips to meet the needs of small gardens as well as large growing areas. The links in this segment cover several ways to compost, including using worms (vermiculture).
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