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Old 09-28-2013, 11:22 AM
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Building the Soil Organic Matter needs to happen,,, BEFORE the plants can be fed by the breaking down of the SOM into its constituent parts... Compost is rotted leaves that are now releasing the nutrients that went into growing the leaves... manure breaking down releases the nutrients that went into the cow, horse, etc.

Having a high SOM also in turn increases CEC and helps to balance the water/air ratio... a happy habitat for the microbes and earthworms means a happy habitat for roots as well... it really isn't any more complicated than that...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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