[Homestead] Soil and fertility
frank.fries at imagewireless.ca
Sat Jan 24 14:13:12 EST 2009
There have been a number of comments that suggest that some of you live in
areas where the soil is not very fertile. I think it was James who
mentioned in a reply to Ivy, that it would take a number of years to get the
soil built up to bring a garden up to production.
In my area, if you break some land (break up the sod/grass), the soil is
fertile. You will just have to work to keep the grass from taking the land
back for the first couple of years. To maintain the fertility over time you
do need to keep putting back the nutrients you use (keep adding organic
I know that in some areas, that initial fertility is not a "gimme".
Have any of you read anything on the internet about "terra preta" soils ?
These were soils discovered in man made patches in S.America, that are
dramatically more fertile than the areas around them. They were created
thousands of years ago and remain fertile now. Some soil scientists are
formally studying this and many "amateurs" are experimenting with trying to
recreate the same thing. It appears that the reason it works "may" be
related to the beneficial environment created for soil micro-organisms (or
You may find it quite interesting - if interested do a quick google.
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