Q. Would appreciate a more in depth explanation of steps you take to maintain soil fertility; what else besides rock dust? Or do you use only compost and rock dust?
A. This year (2007), we are weaning ourselves off organic NPK fertilizers. We use a no till method of planting, mulch heavily and build up the soil from our animal enclosure which is rich in manure and compost. Back in the 1990’s we brought in loads of tree mulch and over time built up our soil – so much so that we are now nearly a foot higher than our neighbors! We are going up in the world so to speaking, taking care of the soil beneath our feet. Just like a person takes care their health so it is here on the urban homestead taking care of our soil health. Healthy soil = healthy plants and that’s the key to keeping pest and disease away.