Category Archives: Soil

OSU Video on Soil

Soil is the unsung hero in the circle of life, and in terms of gardening, it is the essential foundation on which to grow everything we need and want.

I had the privilege of participating in a Master Gardener meet-up, where James Cassidy of Information Society talked about aspects of soil that I hadn’t known about before.

For example, he delved into the unique characteristics of clay and how, on a chemistry level, it delivers nutrients to the rest of the soil in a way silt and sand cannot. Clay is a vital component.

The underlying message was that it is important to give priority care to soil and that it helps to cover the major percentage of the work that goes into gardening.

This video is long, but it is a wealth of knowledge coming from Oregon State University. If you have the time to fire it up and go about your chores or just want something to listen to while you work, this is a great opportunity to glean important principles.


Showing soil some love

Most gardeners already know that soil is really important.  We test it for ph levels, turn it in early spring, amend it, and mulch it. Even as we engage symbiotically with it throughout the year, it is important to remember to show soil your appreciation by giving back whenever possible and in as many ways as possible.

Healthier soil means a better planet. When we all care for what we have on our own scale, we make a big impact on the globe.

Food52 recently published a fantastic and inspiring article which addresses 4 ways that we can support good soil:

Soil Quotes

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