betterSoil treatment practices

Mixed crop cultures

The simultaneous cultivation of two or more complementary crops has many advantages. The total yield per area grows and the bigger diversity of root mass can intensify the soil biology and thus improves the conditions for humus build-up. More importantly, different plants have different roots depth. Depending on being annual or perennial, some have roots meters deep such as perennial alfalfa or annual forage radish, and some are shallow-roots such as maize and onion. This feature, different roots strata, helps soil loosening and consequently avoids soil compaction. If your soil is suffering from compaction and you cannot dig into your soil, plant different types of plant.

cover crop / Catch crop

A cover crop or catch crop means fertilization through plantation. By planting a variety of green plants, root mass is established, which becomes food for the soils microorganisms. By balancing the variety of fertilizer plants, the nutrient diversity of the soil can be supported. For example legumes bind nitrogen, which in turn becomes available for humus build up.

Crop rotations

The bigger the variety of root mass the more diverse is the soils microbiology. The more diverse the microbiology of a soil, the better are the conditions for humus build up.

Fertilizing the soil through the plantation of greens and introducing a crop rotation then obviously helps your soil becoming a bettersoil. The one sided depletion of the soils done by monocultures can be avoided. Furthermore additional nutrients can become available, e.g. legumes bind nitrogen from the air, which can be used for further humus build up.

Minimal soil tillage

By leaving the soil and it’s microbiology intact, excessive oxidation and nutrient loss can be prevented. Instead bacteria and worms get the chance to form the soil according to the crops needs. Also the energy and money saving effect of not having to plow needs to be mentioned

Reduce, even avoid, fungicide use

Every intervention by pesticides and fungicides also affects the soils microbiology. Some bacterias may die, some may even thrive because they can dismantle these chemical substances. In either case the biology is threatened to be thrown off-balance and the soils may degrade in the long run. Therefore any intervention should be reduced to a minimum.

Aufbereitung von richtigen organischen Düngung

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Reduction of nitrogen losses

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