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If you want to produce seriously nutritious food it all starts with your soil. One of the most important aspects of gardening is revitalizing that soil every single year.
If you have a great year of growth and produce tons of fresh vegetables your soil is tired. Your garden is going to need some help to get back into growing shape again.
Look to create sustainable processes that will make these enrichments available to you each year. One of my favorite enrichment is composted chicken manure. It is renewable and also brings you eggs throughout the year.
Let’s look at three of the best and easiest means of enriching soil
While it might seem counter-intuitive, you can grow plants that actually replace nitrogen in the soil. Things like buckwheat and clover are great nitrogen fixers. These plants can be grown in the off season or you can give beds rest and grow these powerful nitrogen fixers.
These seeds are also very cheap and the crops, like buckwheat, can be made into edible foods!
Leave and Grass Compost
For those who believe that they don’t have the men to enrich their own soil, here is some hope. If you have grass and leaves then you have the basic components to create some basic compost that is very effective at enriching the soil.
Layer your grass and leaves in a pile, add some food scraps and turn that stuff as you go. It’s an easy process. You can add soda and some ammonia to the pile to speed up the process.
Horse manure is very popular but will involved trucking it in unless you live on a farm. However, it’s not the only answer with manure.
Rabbits and chickens also really work well as manure-producing animals. Chicken manure contains salmonella bacteria and will need to be composted before you can use it. However, it is a powerful ally in maintaining soil
Bonus: How To Grow a Backyard Supermarket
Having a backyard supermarket will allow you to grow pork and beef, chicken, organic eggs, non-GMO fresh fruits and veggies, including all the essential components you need to make your food staples, desserts, and even drinks.
If you are willing to put in a little elbow grease, this isn't too good to be true. The good news is that some of this can be automated.
Our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers did this every single day. It's called "homesteading", and it can help you save money on food, furniture, tools, clothes, and much more!
This is as self-sufficient as it gets. Watch this eye-opening video to learn more:
Homesteading will take you back to the roots of your ancestors. It's not only a healthy, stress-reducing pursuit, it's a lifestyle.