In a few weeks, slightly cooler weather will be arriving along the upper Gulf Coast. Now’s the time to get your garden ready for fall crops.
According to recent studies, soil with sufficient organic matter (about five percent of the total mass) can three quarts or more of water per cubic foot.
Soil scientists agree that natural compost is the best way to create and maintain healthy soil. This video is an interview with John Ferguson, soil scientist and owner of Nature’s Way Resources.
John Ferguson is a soil scientist and owner of Nature’s Way Resources, an organic compost and soil facility located in Montgomery County.
Charles Darwin, almost a century and a half ago, did understand. His book, “Earthworms”, published in 1881, was the result of years of study into these seemingly insignificant creatures. In his manuscript he noted “It may be doubted whether there are as many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.”
If one digs into leaf mold, or into really good soil, tiny white filaments resembling spider webs can be seen spreading through the soil or leaves. This is mycorrhiza. Though deceptively small, a teaspoon of good soil can have eight or nine feet of the tiny strings.
A backyard gardener, using a well-managed compost system, can make a fairly large amount of good, rich “black gold” in about three months.