Organic Matter

Organic matter improves soil texture, makes soil easier to work, increases water-holding capacity of sandy soils, and supplies needed plant nutrients. It also improves the soil as a home for beneficial organisms such as earthworms, slows leaching by providing a holding system for plant nutrients, and speeds excess water movement through poorly drained soils.

Add organic matter to garden soils by working in leguminous green manure crops (such as clover and alfalfa), compost, plant residues, animal manures, peat, sawdust, hardwood shavings, and chopped hay and straw. If you use undecomposed materials such as sawdust, straw, hay, or wood shavings, add nitrogen to hasten decay.

Adequate, balanced fertility also helps increase soil organic matter by promoting increased root and top growth of vegetables.


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