A Few Fertilizing Factoids

"Feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants." Plants don't eat like you and I, they don't have big gobs that scarf down every fat and carb molecule in sight (oh, sorry, that's just me). There's something called the soil food web--a symbiotic relationship among all the elements of the soil, including microorganisms,... Continue Reading →

Mulches Part II

Bark vs arborist's wood chips: Again, I defer to Linda Chalker-Scott: The Myth of Pretty Mulch pretty much 😉 says it all. Using bark mulch has too many disadvantages, whereas wood chips have few. So  this: ...is now this: As I've said in previous posts, my garden is my research field. So I'm going to try... Continue Reading →

Deomonstrating soil quality

Soil that sticks together nicely, but breaks up with just a hint of pressure. That's loamy soil with organic matter (compost) mixed in. Soil that doesn't stick together very well-- a little too sandy. This is garden mixture that I bought last year. It's OK, but doesn't have enough organic matter to support earthworms, so... Continue Reading →

A Primer On Soil Characteristics–Part 1

What's your soil like? Here are some of the possibilities: Clay-ish: rich in nutrients, but very fine particles, so it clumps together so much that there's no air spaces between particles. Doesn't drain very well. Sandy-ish: almost no nutrients, but very large particles, so drains very well. So well in fact it's hard to keep... Continue Reading →

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