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Soil Problems and Solutions

Soil Problems and Solutions

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I don't grow vegetables. I grow soil.
I don't grow vegetables. I grow soil.

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Published by: Thomas_Gibson_2342 on Mar 12, 2010
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Problems and Solutionsby Tom Gibsonwww.camaspermaculture.org 
 All over the country [some soils are] worn out,depleted, exhausted, almost dead. But here iscomfort: These soils possess possibilities and may berestored to high productive power, provided you do afew simple things.
—C.W. BURKETT, 1907
 
Definition of Soil
*
SOIL—the natural medium in
which plants grow. This definition, however, may be a little too simple. Here’s a better one:
SOIL—a natural body that develops
in profile form from a mixture of minerals and organic matter. It covers the earth in a very thin layer andsupplies plants with air, water, nutrients, and mechanical support.Our definition is, of course, the one we prefer:
SOIL—a
living, dynamic system at 
the
interface between air and 
rock.Soil forms in response to forces of 
climate and organisms
that act on
 parent material
in a specific
landscape
over a long period of 
time.
*Oregon State University Extension Service-Manual for JudgingOregon Soils.
 
Soil Components
Mineral
 
MatterPore SpaceOrganicMatter
Making a poor garden better often begins with the soil. If yourgarden soil is poor, consider giving it some help. Adding organicmaterials to sandy soils improves their nutrient- and water-holdingcapacity. Adding organic materials to clay soil improves drainageand aeration, and helps the soil dry out and warm up more quicklyin the spring.

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