Out the Kitchen Window

Posted by & filed under Color; Designing with Color, Designing with Color, Garden Design, Site analysis, Soil, Soil Health, Uncategorized

I regularly volunteer at our library’s used book sales. It’s fun sharing recommendations with fellow readers and I find that many readers tend to be gardeners as well. In my mind, that’s the perfect combination of characteristics!   This past weekend I was chatting with a young couple who had just bought their very first …

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Digging into Dirt: Part 4, Nurturing the Soil

Posted by & filed under Fertilizer, Grounds Maintenance, Improving Soil, landscape management, Microbes, Microorganisms, Soil, Soil Health, Uncategorized

In 1937, after witnessing the havoc and economic desperation that the Dust Bowl had wreaked on our nation, Franklin D Roosevelt sent a letter to all of the governors of the United States, asking them to oversee the adoption of legislation that would create soil conservation districts. In his letter, Roosevelt wrote, “The nation that …

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Digging into Dirt, Part 3: The Soil Water Connection

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As strange as it may seem, I’d like to start the third blog in our soil series thinking about water. Soil is our economic base, but water is our lifeblood. And the reality is that soil and water are directly connected.     The earth’s surface covers about 197 million square miles.  (As a reference …

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Digging into Dirt, Part 2: What Kind Is It?

Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Improving Soil, Loam, Microbes, Microorganisms, Sandy Soil, Silty Soil, Soil, Soil Health, Soil Tyoes

If I were a soil scientist (and that does take a huge stretch of your imagination), I would be presenting you with a list showing the taxonomy of 12 different soils, all having totally unfamiliar and unpronounceable names. Each soil group would be determined by one or two major characteristics chosen for how the soil …

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