Begin to observe, strive to improve. For without observation, is without knowledge. And having no knowledge, impairs advancement.
Soil, just like plants and animals, has been broken down by scientists into a hierarchical classification system, which is as follows: orders, suborders, great group, subgroup, family, and series. While there are thousands of types of soil around the world, they can all be classified under 12 major orders.
Many people believe that if you just focus on soil health, everything else will follow. This principal is prominently featured in a recent New York Times Magazine article, “Can Dirt Save the Earth?,” which examines the practicality of regenerative agriculture.
Moises Velasquez-Manoof begins his lengthy piece with John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, two decades after they bought a ranch in Marin County, Calif., and began a quest to learn how to sequester carbon in the soil. The couple met with rangeland ecologist Jeff Creque, back in 1998, after they noticed their land was quickly losing its vitality and an invasive weed was taking over. Creque suggested that the couple focus on cultivating what they wanted on their land instead of fighting against what they disliked.
To quote Stefanie Spears, "Many people believe that if you just focus on soil health, everything else will follow."
I believe, that one of the key factors in our ecosystem, that gives way to a healthy ecosystem, is the type of soil that carpets our gardens, our forests, and even our potted plant beds.
You see, most people tend to want a beautiful garden, and they'll bring in beautiful flowers, and plants of every species. Yet, not always, would you find the soil to be fertile, and just earthly to the touch and feel.
This little mission, hopes to bring awareness to people about the types of soils that are around them. By observing the soil, you'll also notice the types of plants that grow, and do not grow in that particular plot of land.
I hope this mission inspires people to start composting in their own backyards, and gardens, and let the plants grow, and the flowers bloom.
Lets beautify our ecosystems, our gardens, our lives. Begin to observe, strive to improve. For without observation, is without knowledge. And having no knowledge, impairs advancement.