Get to know your soil as we delve deeper into what determines the health of our soils!
Healthy soils are the basis for healthy plants and the building block for any organic garden. Lawrence Hills, founder of Garden Organic described fertile soil as being “one which will continue to produce good crops indefinitely” (Fertility Gardening, 1981). This course will examine what makes a healthy soil and consider methods for testing it in your own gardens or growing spaces. We will also discuss the role that green manures can play in improving the soil.
The contents of this course include:
- An introduction to the importance of soil health and the components which determine a ‘healthy soil’.
- Discovering the properties of your soil; how to find out whether a soil is healthy. Learning how to test soil and improve the fertility.
- How to manage your soils organically.
- The function of plant nutrients and how to source them from sustainable sources.
This course is let by the waste team within the Sustainable Communities Team at Garden Organic. This team researches and provides advice on composting as a sustainable solution to organic waste management. They have expertise in the promotion of home composting initiatives in collaboration with local authorities, monitoring and evaluating home composting, and providing information, training and support for home composters and community volunteers, as well as local authority waste minimisation personnel. The team are currently involved with a number of Master Composter schemes across the UK which are all run in conjunction with the relevant county council or waste partnership. They have responsibility for training the volunteers and for providing them with technical support and, in some instances, provide the day-to-day operational support.
You will be able to take home a variety of factsheets to help get you started.
Beginner to intermediate level. This course is subjected to changes.