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.
The growth of small farms, organic crops, and locally sourced foods.
How the practices of organic gardening and permaculture integrate composting into their philosophies.
Good soil and mulch -- the one-two punch for successful organic gardens!
Proven fertilizer recipes -- using trusted, organic ingredients -- that answer your garden's specific needs.
Is it safe to use animal manure in your vegetable garden?
These microscopic soil predators control lawn grubs and all kinds of soil pests.
How planting an early season cover crop can benefit your organic garden.
Are earthworms contributing to climate change?
The dirty truth about biosolids.
Rich in nutrients and microorganisms, castings are the super-charged digested soil that worms leave behind.
Every gardener worth her or his compost knows what phosphorus is. It’s the “P” in the N-P-K ratio.
A vegetable grower's guide to the different types of products available for amending your soil.