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Posted on 25 January 2012 by

Learn about Your Soil-Part I Soil Texture

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

How well ones garden does is connected with the soil.

Soil is such a generic term that many individuals do not understand what the term really describes.

Soil is loosely defined as particles that are sand, silt or clay that are combined to create a certain mixture.

This mixture is dependent on the environment and is not limited to particles but also includes living organisms such as fungi, bacteria, worms, and other soil bound creatures.

To be an informed, responsible gardener, one must first Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17 May 2011 by

Start the Garden Season Off Right with a Soil Test

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The gardening season is quickly approaching and many gardeners are planning their garden without taking a soil test.

This can sometimes work out fine if the garden is established, had no problems in the past year and/or was given an annual dose of fertilizer.

If the garden space is going to be new this year or the garden space showed problems, then a soil test is in order.

Home gardeners can do the soil test themselves.

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Posted on 02 April 2007 by

Why You Should Get Your Soil Tested and Analyzed

Get Your Soil Tested, Urban Garden CasualBy Reggie Solomon

Not having an accurate understanding of your soil’s pH, composition and potential contamination level is just plain bad, especially for the urban gardener.

Lead paint chips from old houses and old buildings can be harmful to the soil, plants and people. If you have lead contaminated soil, you should avoid root vegetables and leafy greens which can concentrate the worst bits of contamination. Fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, peas, squash, are safer to grow in this type of soil.

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