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How to Start a Compost Pile Using Kitchen & Garden Scraps, Plus a Lesson on Soil Biodiversity

How to Start a Biodiverse Compost Pile in Your Yard - A Step-by-Step guide that incorporates permaculture gardening techniques and Soil Food Web education. Awesome, informative post that includes everything you need to know to start a compost pile from kitchen and garden scraps! | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

As organic gardeners, nutritious fruits and vegetables aren’t the only thing we grow – Healthy, organic, biodiverse soil comes first!  If you’ve read my 2-Part Soil Building Series: 5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, you know that fertile soil is born from a system of mindful practices.  The easiest practice, and one which anyone can do, is composting!  Here, we will learn just HOW to start a compost pile using scraps from your kitchen and garden.   Good Newsflash:  It is so much easier to make compost than you think!   There are a lot of misconceptions about compost that turn people off from starting a pile.  Let me encourage...

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden in 4 Steps

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden - Everything you need to know to apply cover cropping methods in your smaller backyard garden! Build Soil Fertility with this Natural Permaculture Gardening Method! Use buckwheat, crimson clover, hairy vetch, field peas and other legumes to make green manure to feed your soil food web. | Heirloomsoul.com

Image Source Cover cropping is a soil amendment system that GREATLY improves our soil’s structure and overall fertility.   And, contrary to popular belief, cover cropping is simple for the backyard gardener, despite how difficult it might seem!  Basically all we do is seed tons of plants in our beds toward autumn, let them grow and leave them completely alone all winter, then gently mix their decayed foliage and roots into the soil in the following spring as green manure.    The truth about cover cropping = the plants do most of the work! Traditionally synonymous with organic farming, cover cropping is absolutely a practice we can adopt in our own backyards, even in raised beds that are just a few feet...

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil: Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web, Part 2

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

“If you were a tiny organism in a forest’s soil, you would be enmeshed in a carnival of activity, with mycelium constantly moving through subterranean landscapes like cellular waves, through dancing bacteria and swimming protozoa with nematodes like whales through a microcosmic sea of life.” – Paul Stamets in Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. In Part 2 of our soil-building series (Click here for Part 1), I will discuss five steps you can take to improve and fully restore the fertility of your garden soil.  These steps come at a very low cost to you, and only require your full attention in the moment, and reflection as...