Organic Soil Management For Organic Gardeners

Organic soil management is a science and an art.

Conventional soil science teaches that soil is a relatively inert medium, an anchor for plants made of sand, silt and clay and a handful of nutrients for plant growth. If soil has enough nutrients, gardener’s will be okay.

Of course, organic soil management is so much more than that. Yet traditionally, not much has been mentioned about organic matter and next to nothing on the soil food web.

In many soil textbooks, you would likely find multiple chapters on fertilizing with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) and next to nothing on organic matter and botany. Fertilization is seen as the number one soil management strategy in many textbooks.

But this is organic gardening, and I'd like to present the story of healthy soil as a vibrant, living community. Of course, even organic soil is composed of sand, silt, clay and minerals, so I'll talk about that, too.

And I'll talk about soil testing, which isn’t particularly complicated but there are some things you need to know to do it right. I'll get into organic soil amendments

Here are my articles on organic soil management...