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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.

Sustainable Farming, Soil and Big Agriculture


The growth of small farms, organic crops, and locally sourced foods.

Permaculture and Organics


How the practices of organic gardening and permaculture integrate composting into their philosophies.

The Dirty Truth About Soil Health

Compost & Soil

Good soil and mulch -- the one-two punch for successful organic gardens!

Easy to Make Fertilizer Recipes

Compost & Soil

Proven fertilizer recipes -- using trusted, organic ingredients -- that answer your garden's specific needs.

Composting Manure


Is it safe to use animal manure in your vegetable garden?

Worm-Like Parasite Attacks Insect Pests

Beneficial Insects

These microscopic soil predators control lawn grubs and all kinds of soil pests.

Spring & Summer Cover Crops

Compost & Soil

How planting an early season cover crop can benefit your organic garden.

Worms and Global Warming


Are earthworms contributing to climate change?

Is Your Compost Made of Sewage Sludge?


The dirty truth about biosolids.

Worm Castings Wiggle Into the Spotlight


Rich in nutrients and microorganisms, castings are the super-charged digested soil that worms leave behind.

Phosphorus Apocalypse

Compost & Soil

Every gardener worth her or his compost knows what phosphorus is. It’s the “P” in the N-P-K ratio.

Soil Amendments for Your Garden

Compost & Soil

A vegetable grower's guide to the different types of products available for amending your soil.