Simon Gardner, Organics Manager says “Soil health is everything to me as a farmer, tractors are easily replaced, but not the soil. The way I see it, in future generations as we farm we’ll disturb the soil less and less.”
James Smith of Loddingtons Farm says that "the cost of investing in your soils when you are trying to establish perennial crops is relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things."
Chris Molyneux of Molyneux Kale says "I am looking to produce a sustainable soil that is going to last me into the future, so that I have good cropping going forward."
Soil scientist, Dr Martin Wood, introduces five different soil tests that can help improve the health of your soils.
Dr Martin Wood uses a pipe filled with water to measure the drainage time.
Dr Martin Wood demonstrates how a spade test can help identify the soil's condition.
Dr Martin Wood uses an auger to collect soil before checking it against a colour chart to determine it's pH.
Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture at the Soil Association, tests for compaction by measuring the depth you can push a knife or long stick into the ground.
Ben Raskin measures soil health by counting the number, type and size of earthworms.