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Soil Health

Experienced growers know that a beautiful, sustainable garden starts with living, healthy soil. Most plants thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic, soils that are rich in organic matter. The challenge, however, is that most of the world’s soils do not exist this way and they must be balanced, or amended, to provide the conditions necessary for robust plant growth. Click on the information and news below to learn about soil health and what can be done to improve it.

Preparing Garden Soil

Compost & Soil

Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment.

Complete Beginner's Guide to the Best Raised Bed Soil

Compost & Soil

How to build the best soil for your raised garden beds -- recipe included!

Worm Castings Benefits: Why Use This Plant Superfood


The benefits of making and using nature's best organic compost at home.

How to Do Crop Rotations in Your Home Garden in Four Steps

Common Pests

Rotate crops to control disease, weeds, and pests while boosting soil quality.

Fall Mulching Tips

Compost & Soil

Learn how to protect your plants and nourish your soil ahead of the cold winter months.

Why Are Today's Vegetables Less Nutritious?


How building soil, growing heirlooms can stop nutrient decline in vegetables and fruits.


Compost & Soil

Mulching grass clippings back into your lawn means less labor and healthier turf.

Causes of Plant Stress


How lack of water, poor soil and other plant stresses make your garden vulnerable to pests and disease.

Coffee Grounds and Compost


Is it okay to put coffee grounds in my compost pile? How much is too much?

Coconut Coir or Sphagnum Peat Moss?

Compost & Soil

Coir, the popular hydroponic growing medium, rivals peat as an effective soil conditioner. Here's the comparison.

Legume Inoculants Boost Yields, Keep Plants Healthy

Compost & Soil

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and organic compost for peas, beans and healthy soil.

Contaminated Potting Soil and Compost

Common Pests

Bagged soils can contain herbicides, gnats and other unsavory problems.