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Embracing Life's Roots: World Soil Day 2023 and the Vital Role of Soil and Water in Gardening


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On December 5th each year, World Soil Day serves as a reminder on “the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.”[i] This year’s theme 'Soil and Water: A Source of Life' focuses on the relationship between the two essential elements and their important role in sustaining life on Earth.


For gardeners and plant enthusiasts, this day is more than an observance – it's a reminder of the intricate relationship between soil, water, and the thriving green sanctuaries we tend to with dedication and love. Let’s take a look at how we rely on soil and water for our plant health.



Understanding the Interconnectedness of Soil and Water

garden tools on soil with seedlings

Gardeners and plant enthusiasts have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the relationship between soil and water, as it is imperative to keep their plants and gardens healthy. To them, soil isn't just a mere substrate; it's an ecosystem buzzing with life! Soil is the foundation where plants grow and thrive, providing essential nutrients, stability, and a nurturing environment for root development. Relatively, water forms the lifeline for our plants. It's the vital liquid that carries nutrients from the soil to the roots, creating essential processes like photosynthesis.


Whether you are growing a garden or plant collecting, it is evident that soil and water conservation is needed. It is also important to recognize the role of soil and water in sustaining all life forms on earth. Reflecting on this theme, it becomes evident how our green spaces thrive when these elements work harmoniously.



Foundations of Garden and Houseplant Care

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The quality of soil directly impacts the health and vitality of our gardens and houseplants. Its ability to retain moisture, support microbial life, and offer a suitable habitat for roots are all positive signs of healthy soil. Whether it be synthetic or organic, using fertilizer is a popular option for soil to maintain this state. Our organic biofertilizer is filled with microbes that react with the microbes already in your soil, where they work together to add the necessary nutrients that help your plants thrive!


The role of water in sustaining houseplants and soil quality is just as important. Understanding the specific water needs of each plant and ensuring proper drainage are crucial aspects of successful gardening. The right balance of hydration is also crucial for plant health. Overwatering could develop problems like root rot and mold within the soil. Underwatering would risk your plant dying. Knowing the right amount of water used would not only encourage your plant’s growth, but it is also a conscious way to know how much water is being used.



Sustainable Gardening Practices: How Water and Soil Benefit Plants and the Environment

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Developing sustainable soil management techniques could help benefit plants and its environment. Practices like composting, mulching, and using organic fertilizers enrich the soil while minimizing environmental impact. Usually in the fall time, Ontario gardeners would start closing their gardens and preparing them for the cold winter months. Practices like covering your garden with mulch and tarp would increase the carbon in the soil. Increasing carbon in the soil will improve their organic matter and soil composition, which is important for our ecosystem.

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For plants and gardens, it is always best to check the soil’s moisture throughout the plant. Some fruits, vegetables, and plants only require a certain amount of water for their growth. Water conservation methods such as rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and mindful watering techniques conserve water resources - ensuring its availability for our gardens and plants.


Education and awareness campaigns serve as catalysts for promoting sustainable practices in soil and water management. Empowering communities with knowledge about conservation practices, water-efficient technologies, and the importance of preserving these resources fosters a sense of responsibility and collective action. Adopting these eco-friendly practices isn't just beneficial for our plants but also contributes to the conservation of soil and water ecosystems.

A Call to Action for World Soil Day 2023

Gardener planting a seedling into soil

As gardeners and plant enthusiasts, we have a significant role in promoting awareness about the importance of soil and water conservation. Educating our community about sustainable gardening practices, the significance of healthy soil, and responsible water usage can create a community committed to nurturing our planet's vital resources. Encouraging small actions, such as composting kitchen scraps or collecting rainwater for watering plants, collectively contributes to preserving soil and water health.


The celebration of World Soil Day isn't just about recognizing the importance of soil, but also about acknowledging the responsibility we hold in preserving and nurturing these elements for future generations. Through collective action, innovative solutions, and a deep respect for the interconnectedness of soil and water, we can ensure a sustainable future where both elements continue to thrive, nourishing life on Earth.

 
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Blogger Biography


Freda is a Toronto-based social media and digital marketer. New to the plant world, she is looking forward to learning all the tips and tricks on how to keep her plant babies thriving! If she's not walking her maltipoo Leo, you can find her practicing yoga or enjoying live music.

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