A. Treatment

Deciding how you want to treat your soil is a very important step! Soil management practices can either protect your soil from erosion, enhance its performance, health and organic matter (humus), preserve forests and biodiversity, such as bees, or make it vulnerable to erosion, decrease its fertility, and lose humus, biodiversity, and forests. Furthermore, your soil can significantly contribute to climate protection and mitigation through removing and sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and storing it as organic carbon.

B. Compost

Breathe new life into humus-poor or depleted soil! Compost helps your soil to come back on track and achieve conditions in which the humus biology can recover, strengthen and establish itself. Above all, what are you going to do with your kitchen, garden and farm’s organic wastes? You can use them in the best possible way to make your soil better.

C. Biochar

Biochar offers a large number of soil health benefits. Through its porous structure, biochar provides many microorganisms in your soil with a permanent and safe home to reproduce themselves. There are a lot of micro- and mesopores in the coal pieces that can be inhabited by bacteria and fungi. Biochar helps your soil to regenerate itself, to increase its fertility, and to build up humus.

D. Agroforestry

Agroforestry is the combination of agriculture and forestry, i.e. having trees in your garden and on your fields. The environmental and economic benefits are enormous: Trees protect your soil, plants and crops from any kinds of damage, pests, diseases, heavy rains, strong winds, and storms. They increase soil fertility and crop yield, are a habitat for numerous animals, plants, insects, and microorganisms, provide us with clean air and (ground)water, and also remove atmospheric CO2. If you have any environmental problems in your garden or farm, try planting some trees for a start!

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