Season 1 – Soil
Episode 1 – “No Soil, No Life”
Without soil, there will be no life. The healthier our soil is, the healthier our food and plants will be.
But “what is soil?” you ask, breathless with wonder.
Quite simply, soil is:
the upper layer of the earth’s crust in which plants grow. Soil is usually black or dark brown consisting of a mixture of organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids and organisms that, together, support life.
While this definition serves for the dictionary, we prefer to define soil as “an ecosystem; a living, dynamic environment unique to each location.”
As The Foundation Of Every Garden, Healthy Soil Should:
Anchor the plant and promote strong root growth
Hold water and make water accessible to roots (water holding capacity)
Hold air so roots & soil microbes can breathe (air filled porosity)
Hold nutrients & make these available to roots (cation exchange capacity)
Soil is a living thing! Organics, compost, mulching, cover crops and ground covers are encouraged continuously and promoted to improve and build healthy soils. All these practices contribute to soil health and ultimately a more robust, stronger and happier garden.
The Carbon Cycle
The carbon cycle is a fundamental part of life on earth.
Carbon is stored in the soil, in the form of plant and animal materials in various stages of decay and is referred to as ‘Soil Organic Carbon’. Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is the basis of soil fertility. SOC releases nutrients for growth, promotes soil structure, biology and physical soil health and also buffers the soil against harmful substances. The more carbon present in the soil, the greater the life it can support!