You are soil, so is every other thing on the planet
You are a walking community.
Inside of you lives a diversity of microorganisms. Everything that you consume was at one time sourced from the soil, where it will return after you are finished with it.
When you step outside and take a moment to reach down into the soil you are interacting with billions or even trillions of microbes! Some of these communities are so tiny and delicate that once any outside disturbance is introduced they vanish, leaving it impossible for one to observe first hand.
Soil will always escape definition, because it is constantly changing, and no two locations are exactly the same. Everything that lives and dies in an area transforms how that soil appears on the molecular level.
I like to say that soils are built from the top and bottom. We may think of soils as being purely a cycling of surface layers and their nutrient additions and extractions, but there is something absolutely incredible going on below the surface.
Think minerals. The foundation of every soil lies below the surface where bedrock and parent material form a clear distinction of soil origins.
As minerals break down, there nutrients are brought upward by roots, fungi, and microbes. These chemical components interact with the living to enrich and provide a watermark of unique character.
Organic material (plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms) is brought in from above and minerals up from below. Together with air and water they form what is know as soil.
I want to encourage you to take a moment to go outside and pick up a handful of soil and inhale its perfume.
Understand that the diversity within you is a small reflection of what lies below your feet.
Value it and respect the power that it holds to create life and sustain all that reside on this planet. We are here for a purpose, we can bring healing to all, but it must first start with this incredibly valuable resource and its regeneration.
Plant perennials to build soil by increasing structure, porosity, and habitat.
Adopt no spray techniques to manage your landscape to protect pollinators, wildlife, humans, and pets from toxic chemicals.
Create diversity by using a variety of plants within your landscape that serve different purposes.
Be intentional when selecting plants that will bloom at different times of the year to support pollinators.
Diversity creates resilience on a multitude of levels.
If you would like to know more about soils or how to transform your landscape into a habitat for you and all that live within your space, please reach out and we will be happy to help you on your journey toward regenerating your system.
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If you are interested in some addition resources on this topic, please check out the list below.
Brady, N. C., & Weil, R. R. (2009). Elements of the nature and properties of soils. Prentice Hall.