Fresh Clips: Tips for Better Soil

| April/May 2011

This year, go from the ground up to grow great herbs. Try these essential soil tips and kitchen-prep pointers.

• Organic matter also serves as an excellent mulch for moderating soil temperatures, keeping weeds under control and the soil evenly moist. 

• Fertilize and improve soil structure at the same time by incorporating organic matter, such as compost, fish meal or aged manure that also provides a wide range of nutrients.

• Most culinary herbs grow best in well-drained soil. Whether your soil is sandy, hard clay or somewhere in between, it can always be improved by the addition of organic matter, such as dried grass clippings, shredded leaves or compost.

• Raised beds help improve soil drainage and allow for ample additions of organic matter or quality commercial garden soil. Raised beds also reduce your workload by defining your planting areas so you only water, weed and fertilize your beds and not your paths.

• Simplify the process of slicing, dicing or chopping fresh herbs by using the right knife. The mezzaluna knife has a curved chopping blade that you rock back and forth over the herbs. The santoku knife features a hollow edge that helps keep food from adhering to the surface of the blade.

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