The best time for taking soil samples?
The best time for taking soil samples is between November and February. During this period the crops are off the land and the soil will be at rest and we can determine the situation of the soil minerals. When you monitor over several years, for example with changing soil actions, it is important to sample around the same time every year.
5 tips for your own garden
- Garden without poison! It does not belong with food. And - a rich soil life is the best prevention for disease and weak plants.
- Feed the soil with carbon-rich organic material, such as compost, straw-rich manure, wood chips.
- Give the soil and soil life peace and quiet; dig, plough or work it as little as possible and use fixed paths for walking.
- Grow different plants and match them to each other in terms of space, timing, sunlight, roots and nutritional needs.
- Keep the soil between the plants covered with organic material where possible, to retain moisture and the temperature and to slow down weeds.
What does a mole do for my soil?
A mole eats around a 100 worms a day, but a mole also cleans the soil as they eat vermin such as slugs and other insects. They also drain and aerate the soil because they dig through it. In short, a few moles is not so bad and a positive indicator for your soil, but as always - too many moles are harmful and have to be removed.