Yeah, I know, I only posted a HUGE post yesterday so why is narf7 posting again…so soon…when we all know that she is completely allergic to posting any more than once a week? Well you see its all about the soil. NOT the bass (that is another, more humiliating post for when I am feeling less fragile about my bum and more proactive 😉 ). You see soil is incredibly important. It’s not just the stuff that we tut-tut and keep trying to keep out of our homes, it’s not just something to walk on, it’s actually the medium for our survival and the mode in which all of our food plants are able to assimilate nutrients so that we, in turn, are able to assimilate the heck out of a burger or big salad. Soil IS important. It is vitally important and we all need to start treating it with the respect and attention that it so rightly deserves. Why is it that anything really important tends to get shuffled under the carpet (no pun intended 😉 ) if a massive profit can’t be made out of it? There is no time for narf7 to get on her soapbox here, we all need to be thinking about how to give back to our soil to ensure a good future for our children and our grandchildren.
So how do we do this? Well composting is a good start. Not only are we reducing landfill but we are injecting our soil with new nutrients and giving the soil organisms something to tapdance about. Lay down the compost and the worms start to tango…dig in a bit of chook bedding with tasty manure and all kinds of insects move in and start to party. Your soil will be alive with happy microorganisms and that’s just the start. What about finding out if your soil is a bit unbalanced. Everything here on Serendipity Farm is unbalanced to a degree including the soil. Ours is acidic which is great for the blueberries, the azaleas and the rhododendrons but some plants just don’t like it here.
Our soil is sparce, is in between rocks and is tied up in massive yellow clay. In order to garden here and to get the most out of our soil we need to either dig our brains out or think smarter. We prefer the “smarter” option and when we use plants to do our hard work it’s a win-win situation all round. Did you know that comfrey, sweet potatoes and horse radish will dig your garden for you? Did you know that there are many weed species that have very deep root systems (everything has a silver lining) and did you know that many plants make their own nitrogen supplies in the ground and that you don’t have to always add a lot of nitrogen to get quality results in your veggie garden?
Social media has allowed us the dubious joy of being able to hunt for things for free. We don’t have to get out of our pyjamas to hunt down anything that we like but in the wealth of garbage and tweets and meme’s that we find our inboxes and Facebook pages crawling with these days there a little gems. Go hunting for something good for your soil today. You could start by heading over to Robbies gem of a blog and reading up everything that you can about soil as her garden is a splendiferous example of how you can turn “dirt” into life giving soil…
You can also learn to get your hands into dirt…plant a few veggies in some pots and watch them grow. See first hand how the food you eat needs good quality soil to grow and always try to get the least processed and damaging soil amendments that you can. Think smart folks, use what is free to mulch your soil. look after it. Our future depends on it!