Getting Rid of Chemicals in Soil | Pantry Chat Podcast Short

Welcome to the latest episode of Pantry Chat Podcast Short! In today’s episode, we will be discussing an important topic that affects both our health and the environment – getting rid of chemicals in soil. As we become more aware of the impact of toxic chemicals on human health, it’s important to take steps to protect ourselves and our families from exposure. Join us as we explore the dangers of chemicals in soil, how they get there, and what we can do to remove them. Let’s get started!

Getting Rid of Chemicals in Soil | Pantry Chat Podcast Short


Chemical usage has been a widespread practice in agriculture for many years to boost crop yields. However, chemical build-up in soil can have severe long-term effects. When the chemicals accumulate, it can lead to a decline in soil health, yield loss, and ultimately detrimental effects on surrounding environments. Homesteading families and farmers are looking for alternatives, techniques to restore soil over time, and get rid of chemicals, which we will discuss in this article.

Techniques for Restoring Soil

  • Cover Cropping
  • Compost Tea
  • Combination of Compost Tea and Cover Cropping

1. Cover Cropping

Cover cropping is an inexpensive and straightforward way to restore the soil. It involves planting grasses and legumes to cover the soil. These plants produce natural fertilizers that improve soil health and restore soil structure. The roots also penetrate deep into the soil, increasing the porosity and helping the soil retain water and nutrients. Cover crops also prevent soil erosion and suppress weeds.

2. Compost Tea

Compost tea is an organic solution that contains a high concentration of beneficial microorganisms and nutrients. It is made by steeping compost in water and adding other nutritional supplements. The tea is then used as a soil drench or foliar spray to promote healthy plant growth. However, compost tea may be difficult for large-scale projects due to the time and resources required to produce it.

3. Combination of Compost Tea and Cover Cropping

A combination of both techniques can help restore the soil even faster. Cover cropping provides a natural fertilizer and improves soil structure, while compost tea adds nutrients and beneficial microorganisms to the soil. Together, they can accelerate the restoration process and protect the soil against further damage.

Gabe Brown’s “Dirt to Soil”

Gabe Brown’s book “Dirt to Soil” is an excellent resource for anyone looking to restore soil health. Brown shares his story and techniques for using natural agriculture methods on his farm, which ultimately led to improved yields and soil health. The book offers practical advice and insights, making it a valuable resource for homesteading families and farmers.

Homesteading Family Resources

Homesteading Family is a family of 13 living sustainably in North Idaho. They offer free resources for bread-making, canning, preserving food, herbal medicine, and more. They also share their experiences and techniques for living a self-sustainable life, including how to get rid of harmful chemicals in soil.


Getting rid of chemicals in soil is a slow but necessary process. It can take 5-7 years for chemicals to decompose fully, but cover cropping and compost tea are excellent techniques for accelerating the process. Additionally, Gabe Brown’s book “Dirt to Soil” and Homesteading Family’s resources provide valuable insights and techniques for restoring soil health and living a self-sustainable life.

5 FAQs After The Conclusion

  1. What are some other ways to restore soil health?

There are many ways to restore soil health, such as mulching, rotating crops, using manure, and planting cover crops.

  1. How does chemical use affect the soil?

Chemicals can cause a decline in soil health, leading to decreased crop yields, soil erosion, and detrimental effects on surrounding environments.

  1. Is compost tea suitable for all types of soil?

Compost tea is suitable for most types of soil, but it would help to test the soil’s pH levels and nutrient levels before using it.

  1. What are some ways to test soil health?

Soil testing kits are available online, and many agricultural universities offer soil testing services.

  1. How can I start living a more self-sustainable life?

Start by learning how to grow your food, compost, and reduce your waste. Join a community of like-minded individuals or check out online resources to get started.

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