“The Nation that destroys its Soil, destroys itself.” Franklin D Roosevelt

 “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi

It’s not just DIRT, it's SOIL.  And for those who garden and farm, knowledge of soil science is more important than ever. Not just here in Western Massachusetts, but worldwide.  New technology and research are revealing more and more about the flora and fauna along with the water and air that mix with bedrock minerals to create our soils. 

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soil, and December 5, 2015 has been declared World Soil Day.

How do we keep this precious resource healthy in order to continue to provide the basis of our food production and the beauty of the landscape around us?  Microorganisms, composting, carbon storage, organic farming, sustainability are the vocabulary words used today when discussing the topic of Soil.  It behooves us to learn as much as possible about our Soil and the best methods of nurturing that diverse ecosystem under our feet in our own gardens and farms so that it will give back to us the best yields it can.

For October, November and December, we have not one, but six Feature Articles each written by our own Master Gardeners and Interns:  Soil: A Primer; History of Soils in Western Massachusetts; Composting (free fertilizer); Experimenting with Yield (secrets revealed); the Magic of Mulch; and the Importance of pH Soil testing

And we are offering 3 Book Reviews on the topic of Soil:  Soil Will Save Us; Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens; and Composting, inside and out.

We hope you enjoy our special edition.  Soil, It's More than just Dirt.

Click each of these links to our Featured Articles:

          Soil, a Primer          History of our Western Massachusetts Soil          The Joy of Composting

                         The Magic of Mulch                                                    Project: Soil Yield

Click each of these links to our Book Reviews:

          Soil Will Save Us        Composting, inside and out          Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens


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