Soil is an important aspect of gardening that may be the most mysterious, considering we cannot easily see the interactions that are taking place-- or not. Although we as gardeners are usually more concerned with what is coming out of it, soil plays a vital role in our human lives. Without healthy soil, it is arguable that civilization may decline. We eat the foods that grow in soil everyday. It is crucial that we maintain hearty soil in order to eat nutritiously.

Soil also plays an important role in climate change. Plants absorb carbon, which is then deposited into the soil as the plants die. Eventually, the soil expels the carbon and it is released into the air as carbon dioxide gas. This is a natural process; however, as temperatures rise, this progression speeds up, producing too much gas. This excess of gas and change of temperature leaves soil at risk for erosion.

Healthy soil is vital for human life, yet human activity can cause damage to soil. Even though we might not know very much about what goes in our soil, its important that we educate ourselves and recognize the significance of soil texture, structure, pH, fertility, water-holding capacity, organic matter, and amendements on plant growth.

It's not always easy to achieve fertile soil. Luckily, Secrets to Great Soil can give some tips to gardeners ranging from novices to seasoned pros. Click here to check it out.

For more information, contact:
Debbie Hinchey, Chairman: Soil