Soil health

  • Design

    Sustainability in the Garden Roundtable (Webinar)

    Join us as we host a lively conversation with experts from the world of sustainability. Designer Kelly Norris, plantsman Panayoti Kelaidis, horticulturist William Cullina, and soil scientist Robert Schindelbeck will…

  • fungi in a lawn
    How-To

    Fungi Are a Sign of Soil Health

    A great indicator of soil and plant health is the appearance of fungi in a lawn. The fruiting bodies of an important underground community, they often appear in the fall…

  • How-To

    Got Your Soil Test Back? Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know

    Though immensely valuable, a soil test is not a crystal ball. A little knowledge goes a long way in making the most out of your test results. See 5 tips…

  • 5 Tips To Improve Your Garden Soil
    How-To

    5 Tips to Improve Your Garden Soil

    If you garden, you know soil is important. You have undoubtedly witnessed that as gardens grow more bountiful, the ground beneath them becomes proportionately darker, richer, and looser. You have…

  • Article

    Best Plants for Cover Crops

    Typical cover crops are annuals, biennials, or short-lived perennials (three to five years). Each has its pros and cons. Here are a few of my favorite plants to use as…

  • Article

    How To Get Rid of Cover Crops

    Selecting a cover crop should be a thoughtful process that takes into account the end (how you’ll get rid of it) before you even plant the seeds. Yes, you want…

  • How-To

    How to Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil

    Productive vegetable gardening is all about soil fertility. The underlining principles of maintaining healthy soil are keeping the soil covered as much as possible, disturbing the soil as little as…

  • Design

    Learn How to Support Soil Life

    The vitality and resiliency of every garden depends on plants interacting with a vast array of insects, fungi, and microorganisms, especially those that make their homes in the soil. Through…

  • Design

    Excellent Nitrogen-Fixing Plants

    Whether you have a front-yard garden the size of a postage stamp or a 100-acre hayfield, the use of nitrogen-fixing plants in your landscape can boost your soil fertility. Nitrogen-fixing…

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    How-To

    6 Ways To Make More Compost

    My grandmother, who managed a working farm in my birthplace of Malta, gave me my first lesson on soil health when I was about seven. As we harvested lettuce for…