Five Ways You Can Save Our Soils At Home
Erosion, flooding, climate change and loss of soil fertility means that our soil needs saving. But we can all do our part.
Whether you have an allotment, a field or a small garden, by caring for our little patch of soil we can contribute to saving the soil. By growing some simple plants not only can you improve soil quality but also grow some delicious plants and add a little life and beauty to your garden.
I caught up with the Soil Association’s Head of Horticulture, Ben Raskin to get his expert advice on which soil saving plants that can be grown at home.
1. Don't be too tidy
Don't cut back or sweep up too often. Leaves and plants add to soil organic matter and improve the health of the soil.
This won't just save your soil, it will also save you a job, so it's a win-win!
By rotating your plants you will improve your soil quality and fertility.
"The more organic matter in your soil the better," says Ben. You can improve the amount of organic matter by using compost.
4. Disturb Soil As little as possible
Ben says that one of the best things you can do for your soil is to disturb it as little as possible. He laughs as he says that you could call this blog the "lazy persons guide to saving your soil at home". Despite the ease of this tip, it's true! Don't walk on the soil if it is wet and don't dig the soil unless you have to.
5. Grow Soil Saving Plants
Check out Ben's suggestions of soil saving plants that you can grow at home.