Tuesday, February 22, 2011
green finger tips - humus
Humus is not that chickpea paste that some people are crazy about – that’s said chumus. Humus is in fact the best compost the soil could wish for. It is the gift earthworms give to the soil. Humus “refers to any organic matter that has reached a point of stability, where it will break down no further and might, if conditions do not change, remain as it is for centuries, if not millennia.” Wikipedia
Sometimes, in the early morning, you can observe little piles of brownish black balls all heaped up. They look like miniature mole hills.
These are piles of humus or worm castings. Each little mound is about 5cm tall. The earthworms, who take fresh organic matter into the soil to eat, must also excrete. These excretions are incredibly packed with nutrients that are ready for uptake by the plants.
The more you feed your soil, the more you will discover that earthworms come to your garden and multiply. The more the earthworms multiply, the more humus they will freely give to the garden. The humus keeps the soil in optimal growing condition.
When you build an organic vegetable garden, you want to encourage soil health and stability. When the soil is healthy, the plants will be healthy.