Building Rich Soil

Annette Shrader visits with a life-long gardener who shares organic methods for building soil full of nutrients and microbes. Trench composting, hugelkultur, vermiculture and permaculture are discussed.

Gardener Extras

  1. Hugelkultur is a no-dig raised bed using logs, branches, twigs, leaves, grass clippings. The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long term nutrients for plants. Logs and branches act like a sponge, storing rainwater. The moisture is released during drier times. Decaying wood generates heat which should extend the growing season.
  2. Research has shown that flower-rich plantings not only attract beneficial insects to your garden, but can actually increase their local populations and increase crop yields thru improved crop pollination and pest control.
  3. Trench composting: dig a trench or any shape hole approximately 12" deep in an empty space in the garden. Deposit 4-6" of compostable material, then cover with the soil.

Annette Shrader

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