Happy #WorldSoilDay!

Happy World Soil Day, sounds weird doesn’t it?


How much do you know about soil? It’s something that most people don’t really think about. As an amateur gardener and someone who spends a LOT of time outside, I look at mud a lot. I have 3 small girls, 2 dogs and 3 cats. That muddy stuff seems to bring itself into my house too, so for me, it’s really unavoidable.

Here are a few little muddy facts to celebrate World Soil Day 2016!

  • The Oxford dictionary defines soil as :[mass noun] The upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles.
  • There are 3 main types- clay, loamy and chalky.
  • It is made from a variety of matters. Bashed up rock, sand, clay, salt, water, and organic material- such as dead rotting plants and (no longer living) beings.
  • 1 handful of ‘ground dirt’ contains more living organisms than people of earth. FYI there are 7.125 billion living humans living on Earth. Wow.
  • 0.1% of the Earths water is held in mud.
  • It takes a minimum of 500 years to make 1 inch of top soil.
  • 10% of the worlds Carbon Dioxide emissions is stored in mud. The more we did this up – via aggressive farming and construction the more Carbon Dioxide is released into our atmosphere. Global warming sucks remember.
  • 15 tonnes of soil passes through an Earth worm each year!

But why?

The more we look at soil, and what it’s purpose is, the more clear it becomes that we must look after our soil. The soil we stand on is under threat, from constant man made effects such as construction, deforestation, mass farming (livestock and plant based) and  irresponsible mining. Its easy to forget something like soil, after all it’s just mud. But if we abuse it where would we grow our food? How would we survive? It isn’t just mud, it’s literally our world.
For more information about #WorldSoilDay and why we need to protect it, visit the FAO website.

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Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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