Organic matter is a mixture of naturally-occurring materials such as plant and animal remains, manures, compost, cover crops (chopped down before seeding and added to the soil), wood ashes and lawn clippings. Adding organic matter to soil will: •improve tilth and structure •improve water-holding capacity •help nitrogen fixing
•make nutrients available to plants (micro-organisms convert nitrogen in organic matter to 'nitrates' which can be used by plants) •allow easier root penetration.
How can we supply plants organically, with the necessary nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium plus the important trace minerals?
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