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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.

Pest Prevention, Soil Testing

Bugs & Thugs

... and other garden tasks we should have done this past year.

Soil Health: The New, Sustainable Green Revolution

Community

The world is learning the value of improving soils and growing without chemicals.

Organic Lawns, Healthy Soil

Compost & Soil

Healthy soil that's rich in microbial life saves you money, time and effort.

How Do Earthworms Survive Winter?

Compost

Worm slime not only helps keep the worm warm during winter, it's a boon to the soil.

GMO Vote, Leaf Mold, High-Tech Farming ... And Pie!

Community

Short-takes on natural gardening topics we're following.

Fall Soil Preparation

Compost & Soil

Autumn's the time to soil test, clean out pests and add amendments.

Elements of Organic Gardening: Composting

Compost

Learn how to recycle yard clippings and organic table scraps into rich, soil-building compost.

Mulch Hits the Big Screen

Compost & Soil

Documentary film on master gardener Paul Gautschi's got the spirit.

No-Till Vegetable Gardening

Compost & Soil

How working less makes growing easy (and maybe better).

Springtime Garden Soil Preparation

Compost & Soil

Even if conditions aren't yet right for planting, there's plenty to do to get your garden ready.

Soil: America's Greatest Resource

Compost & Soil

A recent project looks to catalog the earth beneath us.

Agricultural Water Use

Climate

How can we use less water to grow the produce needed in this country?