Q18. What are the best management practices for my soil?

Answer: Consider a biological approach to your farming practices. Have your soil chemical and biology levels tested (see Agpath website for help) and then consider a programme to repair the soil. Improving the organic matter in the soil helps it to hold water and nutrients. Active soil biota release plant available nutrients so that external applications do not have to be made which affect the soil biota negatively. If amendments such as lime or potassium need to be added in the transition stage, then I they can be added to compost and broken down into plant available forms before they are applied to the soil or plants. As the soil develops and the plants are healthier, then external sources other than seaweeds, fish, rock dust, molasses, compost, compost teas will not be necessary.


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