Successful gardeners know – it’s all about the soil.
Your garden soil is alive and is a plant’s essential source of moisture, air and nutrients. Good garden soil supports a living, thriving community of beneficial creatures such as earthworms, woodlice, centipedes, microscopic bacteria and fungi. These contribute to a healthy ecosystem by converting dead material into organic matter.
Adding organic matter will do the most to improve your garden soil in four ways:
1 . It adds structure, which improves root penetration and access to soil moisture and nutrients.
2. It helps soil workability, creating a nice mixture of clay, silt and sand, so that water can enter and remain without too much pooling. Organic matter will help retain enough moisture to provide water for your plants needs. [Read more…]