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The less you walk on soil, the better your plants will grow.

7/29/2008 11:47:00 PM

Tags: permanent garden beds, raised beds, compacted soil

This kohlrabi plant growing in the pathway seen here was sown (accidentally) at the same time as those in the row beside it. It is stunted compared to those in the row because the soil in the path is very compacted — demonstrating the benefits of maintaining permanent beds and paths in your garden.

Compacted Soil
Photo by Cheryl Long

Cheryl Long is the editor in chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She leads a team of editors which produces high quality content that has resulted in MOTHER EARTH NEWS being rated as one North America’s favorite magazines. Long lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., powered in part by solar panels, where she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of heritage chickens. Prior to taking the helm at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, she was an editor at Organic Gardening magazine for 10 years. Connect with her on .

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8/16/2008 3:21:03 AM
I don't know what the content has to do with the topic? Where can I read about The less you walk on soil, the better your plants will grow.

8/16/2008 3:13:07 AM
I don't know what the content has to do with the topic? Where can I read about The less you walk on soil, the better your plants will grow.

7/30/2008 3:53:38 PM
Yes, that could also be a factor, but since the plant in the path is so close to the others, my guess would be that compaction, which limits root growth, is probably the main cause of the stunting. --Cheryl Long

Tabitha Alterman_1
7/29/2008 11:55:44 PM
Is it possible that the kohlrabi plants inside the bed received direct applications of water and fertilizer that the stray loner outside did not receive?

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