Healthy living soil is the key to healthy plants. Practices that enhance soil health will increase carbon sequestration, reduce the amount of water needed, and reduce the need for fertilizer.
Add compost to your soil to increase water holding capacity, reduce compaction, and improve overall soil structure. Learn how to build your own compost with this guide from the UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County.
To keep soil covered, add a 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch to limit water lost to evaporation. The mulch groundcover will moderate soil temperature, protect against erosion, and reduce weed seed germination.
The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County provide more information on the benefits of mulch in the landscape.
Healthy living soil draws down carbon and stores more carbon in the soil than is released in the air. By enhancing the health of your soil you can help slow down climate change. Check out these carbon garden resources from Daily Acts.