Cultivate a Healthy Soil

Photo by DC Central Kitchen featuring healthy soil used in the DCCK Truck Farm, In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) People’s Garden.

Cultivate a Healthy Soil

Cultivate a Healthy Soil

 

Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. Yet soil quality is hard to define, easy to see and critically important to your garden. After working for a few seasons in a garden, one can usually grab a handful of soil and say whether or not the soil is “good.” What does this mean? How can you tell? What do soil scientists mean by soil quality, how does it get assessed, and what can a gardener do to improve the health of their soil?

 

Here are some helpful links to help you understand what healthy soils are made of:

 

Helpful Tip

Any garden area that needs the health of its soil improved could benefit from a cover crop.