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Archive | Soil Fertility

Learn how to create and maintain fertile soil, including balancing minerals and nutrients, when and how to use fertilizers, and about composting. Become familiar with soil life, including earthworms, dung beetles and soil microbes.

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A Hack for Making Winter Manure

Covering the manure is critical because you don’t want it to be too wet.

Crop Rotation

Self-Sustaining Rotations

You will have no difficulties in establishing a ley from old pasture where a kale crop and an oat and vetch crop have intervened. The decaying turf has released, by means of the organic acids of decay bringing them into solution, the unavailable minerals which are present in every soil if only they can be […]

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Towards Natural Crop Nutrition

Over twenty years ago Sir Albert Howard insisted on the importance of the biological, as distinct from the chemical, assessment of soil fertility. He declared that chemical soil analysis was, at very best, nothing more than a rough guide, to be checked against physical examination and a close observation of biological and botanical indications.

A model of a tank fertilizer system.

Organic Fertilizers for Horticulture

Natural products such as these generally do not have high N-P-K num­bers, but offer a wealth of readily available nutrients to plants in a living soil.

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Adding Organic Manure to Your Crops

Manures are an excellent source of nitrogen.

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A farmer liming his fields after harvest.

Lime Restocks the Soil

When limestone is put on the soil, it accepts acidity from the clay, just as other minerals do in the rock weathering processes.