Soil Improvement

Helping your plants to grow

 

1. Soil Tested

This is nonnegotiable: Get a soil test to find out its nutrient levels. You'll get know the status of what FFR calls the big three—nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium—as well as the pH level of the soil and possibly the organic-matter levels.

2. Soil Type

Soil consists of a mixture of sand, silt, and clay particles, along with organic matter. As part of the soil test, FFR says, have a soil-texture test run to show what you're dealing with.

Or, try this quick test: Rub some soil in your hands, and if it's sandy, you'll feel the sand particles. If it's heavy clay, it will feel very slippery when wet because clay particles are the smallest. Heavy clay soil also is slower to drain and takes longer to warm up and dry off in the spring. Silty soil is usually found on land near water that may have flooded and left the silt sediment.

The preferred soil, says FFR, is a sandy (but not too sandy) loam—it's easier to work with and drains quickly.

3. Soil Adjustment

FFR use pasteurised mulch from a local supplier and add it to planting areas. along with water crystals and used coffee grinds. This mixture creates a fantastic soil compound that enhances growth rates and plant health. 

Partners in Reuse

FFR and Double Picc are working together to reuse spent coffee grinds to improve soil health.

Spent coffee grinds were once thrown in the rubbish and contributed to landfill. Now FFR puts these spent grinds into pasteurised mulch to add to nutrients in the soil that tubes are planted into.

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