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By admin on 3/21/2014 10:24 AM
As the weather starts to break away from the cold winter and sunlight starts peeking out from the sky we being to think “Spring.” It may still be chilly outside, but Spring is officially here! If you did not prepare your garden during the fall, we will teach you how to prepare your garden in the spring. Let’s begin with knowing your soil from our last blog post and then learning how to bring life back to your soil!



It's best to start with a clean garden area, so any dead leaves and other debris should be removed. You can do this even when the ground is frozen, so when the ground thaws you can go straight to the soil.

In some regions it still might be too cold and the ground is still probably frozen. If that is the case then I would wait until the ground warms up so the soil is easy to work with. Working in the soil too early can harm the soil structure...
By admin on 3/6/2014 7:57 AM


In this third installment in the Everyday Soil Science series, we move our discussion from soil as a “living” ecosystem “fed” with life-giving organic matter to the abiotic “mineral fraction” comprised of sand, silt, and clay particles.

In the soil world, being small rules. The diameter of sand particles ranges from 2mm to 0.05mm, silt particles from 0.05mm to 0.002mm, and clay less than two microns (about the size of a bacterium). As the particles get smaller, they get more difficult to see, and in fact, clay particles are invisible to the naked eye. Unable to actually see the proportion of sand, silt, and clay in a soil, soil scientists have cleverly utilized the difference in how each particle “feels” to determine the relative proportion in a given sample of soil.

To understand how each particle feels, let’s think about clothing. Imagine a burlap jacket or wool sweater against your skin. How would that feel? How about rayon, silk, or satin? And Velcro? We can associate the feel of the clothing examples with the feel of sand, silt, and clay. Sand is rough or “gritty” like burlap. Silt is soft and “smooth” like silk, and clay is “sticky” like Velcro.

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