Category: Soils

Why I’m Building Garden Boxes

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Garden boxes are a popular item. Do a quick Google search of “garden boxes” and you’ll see over 37 million results. Everything from where to buy them to how to build them to why you need them. Continue reading

Soil pH Basics

What is soil pH?

Basically, pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen atoms in a solution; in this case, the soil.  The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most basic, or alkaline; a pH of 7 is neutral.   Continue reading

Soil Testing

Last time, when I wrote about soil texture, I mentioned that the easiest way to figure out the texture of your soil was to get it tested.  Many – if not most, or maybe even all – of the land grand universities throughout the United States either house or are closely associated with a soil testing laboratory.   Continue reading

Soil Texture

I grew up listening to talk radio at home.  Specifically KSL News Radio.  On weekdays I didn’t really care either way about it.  But on Saturday mornings?  I loved it.  That’s when they had “The Greenhouse Show, with Larry Sagers”.  People could call in with questions about their yard or garden and Larry Sagers, a horticulture extension agent in the Salt Lake City area, would answer them.   Continue reading

The Dirt on Soil

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all.  It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.  Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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