According to our friends at the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), “Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans.”
Some of the essential functions of soil include:
- Regulating water
- Sustaining plant and animal life
- Filtering and buffering potential pollutants
- Cycling nutrients
- Providing physical stability and support
Now that we have discussed why it is important to keep soil healthy, we will touch on ways to improve soil health and soil structure. Some important principles to improve soil health include minimizing soil disturbance, maximizing soil cover, maximizing biodiversity, and maximizing presence of living roots. With the introduction of one or all of these principals, you can have healthier soil and great-looking crops anywhere!
These are all practices that we have used here at Green Bridge Growers that have proved to help improve soil health in a sustainable and organic way. You can implement any of these practices to your at home garden to help improve soil health. If you are interested in learning more about cover crops as a way to improve soil health, you can check out my other blog all about cover crops and how we use them at the farm!
If you are interested in learning more about soil health, I have attached some helpful links below.