Build Better Garden Soil

Caring is the key to growing better garden soil and more of our own food.

Instead of tilling, Harvey Ussery recommends using a broadfork to loosen the soil for planting.
Photo courtesy MICHAEL FOCAZIO
Build fertile soil by using mulches and cover crops such as this fast-growing buckwheat.
Photo courtesy DAVID CAVAGNARO
Soil Organisms
A host of tiny soil organisms live among soil particles and are often fed by the carbohydrates released by plant roots.
Photo courtesy MICHAEL ROTHMAN
Compost For Fertility
Applying compost to your crops annually is the one of the best ways to build soil fertility.
Composting Crops
Compost whatever organic materials you have on hand, including yard waste such as grass clippings and fall leaves.
Photo courtesy LYNN KARLIN

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