Category: Building Soil

  • How To Rejuvnate Your Soil

    How To Rejuvnate Your Soil

    Soil needs to be fertile to produce robust plant growth and flower blooms. Soil fertility can be depleted through over tillage, over irrigation, over planting and erosion to name just a few reasons why you may need to rejuvenate the soil in your garden. There are a number of ways to improve your soil. 1.…

  • What is the Micro-herd and how does it help my soil?

    What is the Micro-herd and how does it help my soil?

    The micro-herd is the microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and other microbes, that play a crucial role in the decomposition process. These microorganisms are the active players in the composting process. They feed on garden and kitchen scraps and turn that discarded organic material into dark, nutrient rich humus. As the micro-herd does its work, the…

  • Bringing Life To Dying Soils

    Bringing Life To Dying Soils

    The BBC is writing a series of multimedia articles called Follow the Food. The series investigates the challenges farmers face to deliver food to our tables such as climate change, growing populations and ,of course COVID-19. This particular article discusses soil degradation and the efforts to regenerate soils to meet the challenges for the future. Around…

  • Dr. Elaine Ingham Explains the Soil Food Web

    Dr. Elaine Ingham Explains the Soil Food Web

    In August, Joe Lamp’l interviewed Dr, Elaine Ingham on his show to explain the Soil Food Web. Dr Ingham is a microbiologist and expert in soil biology. She founded Soil Food Web Inc. and in this podcast you will learn the difference between dirt and soil. You will discover the workings of all the organisms…

  • Want to know how worms create compost?

    Want to know how worms create compost?

    Vermicomposting or worm composting has gotten very popular. Setting up a bin is super easy, it just takes a trash can or stroage container, some shredded newspaper, a little water, the food scraps and of course, a pound or two of worms. So long as you do not overfeed your worm bin food scraps, you…

  • Composting in New York City Goes Big Time

    Composting in New York City Goes Big Time

    If you thought you had an efficient composting system, you’ve got to read this article Elizabeth Royte wrote for the New York Times entitled The Compost King of New York. The New York City Sanitation Department has instituted a Zero Waste program that asks residents to separate their food scraps and yard waste in separate…

  • Building Healthy Soil

    Diane Relf is an Extension Specialist of Environmental Horticulture at Virginia Tech and wrote a terrific publication entitled Building Healthy Soil. The publication includes: The article describes very plainly the more organic matter in the soil the more moisture it retains reducing runoff and soil erosion. Relf also promotes growing cover crops and green manures…

  • Soil Testing

    How do you know what your soil needs unless you know what your soil has! You can buy soil test kits or you can use your state’s Cooperative Extension laboratory to have your soil analyzed. The Extension Foundation maintains a list of all the state extension offices which can be found https://extension.org/find-cooperative-extension-in-your-state/. Each state does…