Read what we've written about gardening and soil fertility.

Getting Started: Tips for the Novice Gardener

by Steven Wisbaum

Gardening is a life-long learning process. And while there's an abundance of gardening information available in books, magazines, and on-line, this article covers a few tips to help get you started, including:

  • testing for heavy metals
  • evaluating the potential productivity of your garden
  • essential tools
  • turning a lawn or field into a vegetable garden
  • ensuring there's sufficient nutrients and organic matter in soil
  • garden design/layout
  • planting from seeds and seedlings
  • weed management
  • soil moisture management
  • planting flowers in a vegetable garden
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Compost and the Living Soil

by Steven Wisbaum

While many gardeners have some idea about the importance of using compost, not as many truly understand what makes compost so valuable. To better appreciate the magic of compost, it helps to understand how soil fertility is created in more natural ecosystems such as forests and grasslands.

  • soil fertility
  • humus
  • damaged soil
  • the benefits of compost
  • the soil ecosystem
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