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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.

Organic Fertilizer Benefits

Compost & Soil

What's the best fertilizer -- natural vs. synthetic -- to use in your garden?

Organic Fertilizer: What’s All the Fuss?

Compost & Soil

Here's a list of some organic fertilizers you may encounter and their benefits.

The Perfect Potting Mix Recipe

Container Gardens

Learn how to make your own soils for container gardens ... and save BIG money!

What's In Commercial Compost


... and why you should make your own.

Using Autumn's Bounty


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


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

Groundwater Contamination from Nitrates


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

Bugs & Thugs

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