Tuesday, January 22, 2008

There's a headline today about disappearing dirt.

"Call it the thin brown line. Dirt. On average, the planet is covered with little more than 3 feet of topsoil -- the shallow skin of nutrient-rich matter that sustains most of our food and appears to play a critical role in supporting life on Earth."

Yes that is true and has been for decades and something you can do about that is compost!. Just dedicate an area of your garden for a pile of yard and kitchen wastes (no meats or oils) and add to it throughout the year. Keep it moist. You can turn it in order to convert it to soil faster or let it slowly be changed over the years (my preferred method). A quicker alternative during the growing season is to bury the matter right into the soil. The life underground will have it transformed into rich, black soil in a matter of weeks. Or you can buy a fancy plastic bin. (Can't help you there.)

image from www.mytinyplot.co.uk