How to keep your soil healthy, and why it matters.
When plants have healthy soil to eat, they can focus on producing nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.
Healthy living takes a comprehensive approach. Exercise, supplements, diet, addressing stress, hygiene, kindness, keeping our heads warm on chilly days, stimulation, adequate rest, and on and on. With an overload of health recommendations and information readily available, we could be overlooking one of the oldest, most time- tested health-helpers… even if it’s right under our feet.
The toss back to the basics we’ve seen become mainstream in certain years (think about the incredible lean toward all-things organic, natural, un-processed) has helped shine a light in some health considerations we’ve let slip into the shadows. The rise in demand for natural, nutrient-dense foods has led a heap of doctors, scientists, authors and people of all backgrounds to dig deeper into where our food comes from. Naturally, they’ve been digging in the soil.
The Soil is ALIVE!
Healthy soil is a thriving community of microorganisms, minerals and nutrients. Healthy soil has energy; it has life. How our soil is allowed to use that energy directly impacts the plants that grow in it – the plants that produce the food we eat.
All of the life found in the soil needs to be fed (and watered) to survive. Ancient farmers knew this, so they fed their soil with compost. Sound funny doesn’t it? Feeding your soil. They knew the soil needed more than manure and organic matter. Why? Because soil can’t eat manure and organic matter that hasn’t broken down. The soil is forced to expend all of its energy trying to break down raw organic matter, when it would much rather be snacking on a buffet of foods that are ready for consumption. Think of an untouched area of a forest that’s been full of life forever. There’s a never-ending cycle of organic matter being broken down. Leaves, fruit and animal droppings are constantly falling onto the forest floor and the soil is up for the task of breaking it all down because it’s well fed, constantly eating all of the foods it has already broken down for consumption over hundreds of years.
In your backyard, all your soil has to eat is what you supply. If you only give it manure or poorly broken- down organics, it has to work incredibly hard on an empty stomach. It would be like giving a steak to a baby… well, kind of.
So how do we give soil-baby what it wants to eat? We compost manure and raw organics into digestible food, an end product called humus, which is commonly referred to simply as compost. When processed correctly – which takes time, precision, a proven recipe and quality inputs – humus contains a complex assortment of nutrients perfectly ready for the soil to eat.
When the soil has all it wants to eat, it spends its time creating all of the goodies that plants like to eat. Just as your soil can’t eat raw organics before they’ve been broken down, plants can’t consume food through their roots until a microbe has digested that food. When a plant has plenty of nutrients to eat, it can focus its energy into producing an abundant, plump, nutrient- dense, natural harvest of delicious and healthy fruit or vegetables.
It’s all part of one amazing cycle; the Full Circle.
For more information, call Full Circle Soils & Compost at 775-267-5305 or visit fullcirclecompost.com