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"Unhealthy and healthy soil from the same site."

All of the organic amendments directly or indirectly help loosen and soften the soil. The key to friable, productive soil is abundant life in the soil. When the soil is healthy by being rich with biological activity, it will not erode or compact during rains, it will hold moisture at just the right level - thus cutting water costs, and it will create excellent crop production. Healthy soil contains significant microbiotic life. The microbes create organic matter that helps build the glue in the soil that creates the texture that allows rain and irrigation to soak in, oxygen to breathe in and carbon dioxide to breathe out.

Use this thought model. Before choosing products to use on your property, ask this: if I purchase and use this product, will it help or hurt the life in the soil? When the beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa, insects, earthworms and others are healthy, growing and reproducing, the soil's chemistry, biology and structure will be proper and the dirt will be soft, crumbly and productive.

Worst for Soil Health
High-nitrogen, synthetic fertilizers
Toxic pesticides
Bare soil
Excessive tilling
Foot and vehicle traffic
Overwatering and frequent light watering

Best for Soil Health
Compost and organic fertilizers
Rock minerals - lava, granite, greensand, zeolite, gypsum, etc.
Sugars molasses, cornmeal, beet pulp, etc.
Quality mulch covering bare soil properly
Infrequent deep irrigation when needed

Beneficial microbe products also help by speeding up the establishment of quality soil life. Bio-S.I. is a line of beneficial microbe and enzyme products and the ones I use.

For more detailed information on soil building, check our new book Organic Management for the Professional.

If you have any questions on this newsletter or any other topic, tune in Sunday 8 am -11 am (CST) to the Dirt Doctor Radio Show. Listen on the internet or find a station in your area. The phone number for the show is 1-866-444-3478. Please share this newsletter with everyone in your address book and all of your friends on Facebook and Twitter to help me spread the word on organics.

Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett


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