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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.

Preparing Garden Soil

Compost & Soil

Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment.

Fall Mulching Tips

Compost & Soil

Learn how to protect your plants and nourish your soil ahead of the cold winter months.

Why Are Today's Vegetables Less Nutritious?

Community

How building soil, growing heirlooms can stop nutrient decline in vegetables and fruits.

Grasscycling

Compost & Soil

Mulching grass clippings back into your lawn means less labor and healthier turf.

Causes of Plant Stress

Bugs & Thugs

How lack of water, poor soil and other plant stresses make your garden vulnerable to pests and disease.

Coffee Grounds and Compost

Compost

Is it okay to use coffee grounds in the garden as a soil amendment?

Coconut Coir or Sphagnum Peat Moss?

Compost & Soil

Coir, the popular hydroponic growing medium, rivals peat as an effective soil conditioner. Here's the comparison.

Worm Castings: Plant Superfood

Compost

The benefits of making and using nature's best organic compost at home.

Legume Inoculants Boost Yields, Keep Plants Healthy

Compost & Soil

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and organic compost for peas, beans and healthy soil.

Make Soil For Your Raised Beds

Compost & Soil

Straw bale gardening and other tips to build the best soil for your raised beds.

Contaminated Potting Soil and Compost

Bugs & Thugs

Bagged soils can contain herbicides, gnats and other unsavory problems.

Economics, Water Drives Soil Conservation Farming

Compost & Soil

No-till, reduced pesticide and herbicide, cover crop farming methods on the grow.

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