John from shares with you the quickest and easiest way to tell if your soil is healthy. In this episode John will share an easy technique to tell if you have a healthy food-soil web in your vegetable garden. After watching this episode you will learn more about creating life in your soil and that the health of your plants are no healthier than the soil they are grown in.

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Easiest Way to Tell if Your Soil is Healthy in Your Garden

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  • Making My Home Happy

    would i be able to put red wigglers in my potting soil for my container garden? id love to get nutrients back into the soil more often!

  • Gary Verderamo

    Well, you answered something I have been wondering about and now that I know the answer I feel kind of silly because I should have figured it out.

    Worms eat decaying matter, not roots which are living. LOL LOL

    Thanks John.

  • Steve Laubach

    Great video.

    To anyone who is looking to increase your worm population in your soil.  I've found that layering cardboard on the top and then covering it over with a mulch greatly increases your worm populations.  The top layer of material won't break down so you want to make sure the cardboard is completely covered.

    I've had as much as 5 layers of cardboard all vanish in one growing season and my soil went from mostly hard clay to moderately rich topsoil in 1 year.  The worm populations increased exponentially.

  • Belinda Shields

    Live soil is king. Worms, fungi and aerobic bacteria metabolize organic compounds into soluble nutrients that plants can use readily. Not to say that comercial fertilizer doesnt work good but over time the soil dies. I perfer organic over chemical fertilizer. Thank you john for your videos they are educational. 

  • Dennis Steele

    If it works for you that's all that matters. I've been using above ground beds here in LA. Co. for the past 8 years. I've never once seen a worm in my gardens and always have bumper crops of anything I choose to plant. It actually amazes me how well stuff grows here, and year round lol. Here it is the end of June and I have Lettuces flourishing in my back yard! My Pumpkins are looking awesome and the watermelons. We just harvested our corn and it was unbelievable. 4 varieties of Tomatoes Producing new color daily and all I ever put in my beds each year is cow poop and kellogg bagged soil to replenish what dissolves into the ground. Grow on!

  • willieofroanoke

    He keeps bragging he has a giant sized raised garden for vegetables in his FRONT yard. I bet his neighbors love him. Not.  Don't get me wrong. I'm an avid gardener, but know veggies belong in the back yard, out of site. You don't landscape with staked tomatoes, squash, pepper plants and chard growing five feet tall.

    Why not? It looks butt ugly and drags down everybody's real estate value.  

  • James Swing

    when you are talking about rock dust are you talking about the dust that comes off rocks as they are being crushed.

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