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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.

Using Autumn's Bounty

Compost

Leaves, turned into protective mulch, soil-enhancing leaf mold or rich compost, are the fall season's gift to the composter.

Mycorrhizae Benefits

Compost & Soil

Encourage explosive root growth and maximize your garden's potential with mycorrhizal fungi.

Turkey Time

Compost & Soil

Did you know that turkey manure is one hot fertilizer with slightly more nitrogen than chicken manure?

Things We've Learned: Leaves

Compost

We think of gardening as a never-ending learning process.

Groundwater Contamination from Nitrates

Community

For years, farmers have been encouraged to dump nitrogen fertilizers on their fields — without regard to waste and overuse.

Planting Cover Crops

Compost & Soil

Plant and grow a cover crop this fall to improve next season's vegetable garden.

Gardening with Straw

Compost & Soil

Tips for using straw as a mulch (and more!) in the vegetable garden.

Fall Garden Cleanup

Common Pests

Stop next season's plant problems... now!

The Time to Mulch is Now

Compost & Soil

Learn how to apply mulch -- and what's best to use -- on your gardens and landscaped areas.

Worms In the Garden

Compost

Everyone knows how great worms are for the garden. But what happens to worms in the garden as soils dry?

Composting and Water Conservation

Compost

It seems that no matter the problem we face in our gardens, the answer frequently includes compost.

Food Pathogens: Let's Get Dirty!

Compost & Soil

Organic gardeners know that a little dirt never hurt anyone.

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