Healthy soil is the foundation for a productive garden. It is a living natural resource that is teaming with billions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. Together these elements create an ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans. Learn how easy it is to improve soil health.
Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes.
The main principles to manage soil for health
- Maximize Presence of Living Roots
- Minimize Disturbance
- Maximize Soil Cover – learn about cover crops
- Maximize Biodiversity
Test your soil
If growing in an urban area, test your soil first.
Contact your local Agricultural Extension Office to get started.