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Soil Problems and Solutions

Soil Problems and Solutions

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Published by Thomas_Gibson_2342
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:
living, dynamic system at 
interface between air and 
rock.Soil forms in response to forces of 
climate and organisms
that act on
 parent material
in a specific
over a long period of 
*Oregon State University Extension Service-Manual for JudgingOregon Soils.
Soil Components
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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