We all know the soil is the engine of the
farm’s productivity. But do you know how well your soil is functioning? While you’re giving it a check-up with this,
you can use this as well. Ah, that’s what healthy soil should smell
like. It has the aroma of actinobacteria – that
smell of geosmin – that one-of-a-kind sweet smell. Eww. If your soil smells sour, metallic, like kitchen
cleanser – that may be a good indicator that your soil’s not functioning well, that
your soil biology is out of balance. So go ahead. Dig it up and give it a sniff. It only takes a minute. If you dig a little, you can learn a lot.