Marvin Cans

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Legumes have long been recognized and valued as "soil building" crops. Growing legumes improves soil quality through their beneficial effects on soil biological, chemical and physical conditions. When properly managed, legumes will:
- enhance the N-supplying power of soils
- increase the soil reserves of organic matter
- stimulate soil biological activity
- improve soil structure
- reduce soil erosion by wind and water
- increase soil aeration
- improve soil water-holding capacity
- make the soil easier to till
5 years ago
Though high salinity soil can be damaging to plants, it can be relatively easy to deal with. Following the simple protocol of soil test, natural irrigation, and then application of gypsum if necessary should bring your soil back to a fertile state. In fact, as Rubens notes, "Gypsum has been used in parts of the arid western US to restore barren high sodium soils to full agricultural productivity, allowing growth of even salt sensitive crops". Regardless of your situation, there is a high probability that taking these steps in this order will rectify the condition of your yard.
5 years ago
Besides charcoal, it contains abundant pottery shards, plant residues, animal faeces, fish and animal bones. The soil’s depth can reach 2 metres, and is reported capable of regenerating itself at the rate of about 1 cm a year. Similar sites are found in Benin and Liberia in West Africa, in the South African savannahs, and even in Roman Britain. According to local farmers in the Amazon, productivity on the terra preta is much higher than surrounding soils.
5 years ago
It was a great video buddy!