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Jena Experiment : Changing your perspective on soil

Many plants mixed for diversity leading to scientifically studied results that are worth adopting.

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Comment by Christa on June 20, 2020 at 14:08

Dry mulching is our way Dave, not by choice but by necessity due to the fact we are physically unable to do heavy digging and weeding. We do compost and use humus and soil foods where possible. Our soil is full of earth worms which is a good sign of healthy soil.  

Comment by Dave Riley on June 20, 2020 at 9:56

Interesting is the word.

What is at stake, I think, is a complete shift in thinking about how we  see soil and its ecology.

It also raises  a few questions over Australia's obsession with dry mulching.

Comment by Christa on June 19, 2020 at 11:57

Interesting video, as you say -diversity in plants is the answer. Nature actually teaches us these things as well, but we can help it along the way. 

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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