Diane Relf is an Extension Specialist of Environmental Horticulture at Virginia Tech and wrote a terrific publication entitled Building Healthy Soil. The publication includes:
- Building Healthy Soil
- Improve the Soil Structure
- Test Your Soil
- Add Organic Matter
- Grow Cover Crops and Green Manures
- Add Nutrients
- Correct Severe Situations
The article describes very plainly the more organic matter in the soil the more moisture it retains reducing runoff and soil erosion. Relf also promotes growing cover crops and green manures to enrich the soil.
To read the entire publication, click here.