Looking back, the biggest lesson I took from that gardening effort was to never take soil for granted. It needs care and protection, just like all other things in the garden. It's a lesson I am thinking about today.
The UN initiative Global Soil Partnership has taken on the task of activating concern about soil.
They remind us that soil is "the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil so that its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be
We can start by learning more about the soil we depend on. We can understand its composition and what it takes to keep it healthy – right in our own backyards.
And the very best resource I know is an excellent documentary directed by Deborah Koons Garcia, called Symphony of the Soil.
This beautiful film will change how you see soil.