The quest for roses for poor soils all started quite innocently. I posted a David Austin Roses article about roses for poor soils on my #groundchat FaceBook page, and the initial response was less than positive. “Don’t you believe it,” …
Hellebores are some of the earliest blooming flowers in our gardens. Searching for hellebore’s soil preferences takes us to the southern and eastern European mountains. The native soil and root morphology tells us what we need to know about growing …
Clematis, the Queen of Vines, is grown in gardens around the world. A few myths surround its growing conditions, particularly around the soils for clematis. Contrary to popular belief, there’s a clematis for almost every garden, including plant hardiness zones 1 as well as poor soils.
The latest in soil news include a new Soil Health Landscape Tool, the effect of mycorhizzae on tree ecology and the positive effect of soil microbes on plant’s defense system against pathogens.
Winter soils are far from dead. Soil microbes are still buzzing around and we need to change our gardening practices to keep them alive until spring.
Soil is the cornerstone of our very existence on earth. It’s not hard to find 10 reasons to be thankful of soil on American Thanksgiving.
Grey water is touted as the “new” source of water for landscapes everywhere. But is it really? Like overblown promises, there are some caveats to this statement. And again, soil is being ignored and abused if grey water is used without thought to the household cleaners in them, which REALLY damage the soil.
Intense gardening resurrects in the fall. Maybe not as extreme as spring gardening, but still it feels intense after the last lethargic dog days of summer. For gardeners intent on improving their soil, there’s much we can do.
After increasing your soil’s organic matter to increase water retention, mulching and using drip irrigation drastically reduces water use. But we can go a few steps further to reduce water loss. These “extra” measures make a huge difference in arid climates.
Australian permaculture guru, Geoff Lawton has a few good suggestions in his video, Permaculture Soils.