Creating Healthy Living Soil
Healthy soil behaves like a sponge, holding onto water until it is full, and then releasing the excess. Healthy soil locks up carbon, removing it from the atmosphere. Healthy soil protects against floods and drought. Healthy soil is crumbly, allowing for pockets of oxygen that is vital for the soil organisms. Healthy soil is teeming with life. Millions of microbes in a single teaspoon of soil, all working with the plants to create a beautiful, easy care landscape.
The best way to create healthy soil is to follow this simple 4 step process, known as sheet mulching:
- Apply compost, worm castings, humate or compost tea to the area.
- Cover the area with a physical barrier that will decompose down - newspaper, cardboard or painters paper.
- Apply 4"-6" of freshly chipped tree trimmings or lightly composted chipped yard waste.
- Water, water, water. Keep moist weekly by adding more moisture.
This process will create soil you can actually dig in, and in which plants will thrive within 2 months.