Facts About Soil

Sep 3, 2019 | Soil | 0 comments

Soil is overlooked Although it’s the foundation of a vegetable 

Backyard. Veggies can be tough on the dirt as they’re very greedy plants and take all the minerals and nutrients from it. This leaves the dirt tired, used and useless for growing in. Soil improvers & enriching composts may be utilized to combat this.

Here are our top 10 (13) list of the most intriguing facts about soil… 

There are in a handful of dirt than there are individuals on earth 

It can take 500 years to create only under an inch of topsoil, this is the most effective layer of dirt. 

It reduces flooding risk by storing up to 9200 tonnes of water per acre. In total that’s about 0.01% of the Earth’s total water. 

Soil is a living system 

Soil acts as a filter for underground water, filtering pollutants out 

Approximately ten percent of the world’s CO2 emissions are stored in the soil 

It provides all the nutrients needed for successful plant growth. 

Soil consists of 45% minerals, 25% water 5% organic material 

As already mentioned 50% is water and air, the other 50% is broken plants and animals 

The amount of clay sand and silt is what gives different soil types their various textures. Lands are a mixture of all 3. 

The soil has 6 layers called horizons O, A, E, B, C, and R. Horizon O is the topsoil and R is bedrock. 

Worms enrich topsoil by feeding on organic matter in the soil and converting it into nutrients for plants. As they move across the soil it becomes more absorbent and better aerated too. 

Soil is at the bottom of the food chain it’s the cornerstone of life on the planet.