Soil is at the heart of gardening

Healthy soil grows healthy vibrant gardens.

Soil is the cornerstone of our very existence on earth. It’s not hard to find 10 reasons to be thankful of soil on American Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving

Written on Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Soils & Growing Media

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Grey water is touted as the “new” source of water for landscapes everywhere. But is it really? Like overblown promises, there are some caveats to this statement. And again, soil is being ignored and abused if grey water is used without thought to the household cleaners in them, which REALLY damage the soil.


Written on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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Intense gardening resurrects in the fall. Maybe not as extreme as spring gardening, but still it feels intense after the last lethargic dog days of summer. For gardeners intent on improving their soil, there’s much we can do.

clover cover crop

Written on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Building Soil, Plants & Soils

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After increasing your soil’s organic matter to increase water retention, mulching and using drip irrigation drastically reduces water use. But we can go a few steps further to reduce water loss. These “extra” measures make a huge difference in arid climates.

Australian permaculture guru, Geoff Lawton has a few good suggestions in his video, Permaculture Soils.

Geoff Lawton permaculture soils

Written on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Soil in Landscaping

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In the last blog, I covered how to retain more water in the soil, by increasing organic matter and mulching. This week I’m covering how to water different types of soil. Let us make sure that every drop of water is used!


watering can and water barrel

Written on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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With all the chitchat about drip irrigation and water conservation on social media, you would think that it’s the only way to reduce watering in the garden. But it’s not true. The soil holds the key to lower water bills, and the techniques are simple and low-cost. Increasing soil organic matter and mulching are the […]

Fall leaves

Written on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Plants & Soils

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Tomatoes are the most beloved of our homegrown produce. Find out how you can win a copy of the newest and greatest book on tomatoes, Craig LeHoullier’s Epic Tomatoes, on #groundchat this Friday, June 26, 2015 on Twitter’s #groundchat at 2 pm EST.

Craig LeHoullier Epic Tomatoes

Written on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Every week, I post top 10 tweets about soil-related topics. This week I’m covering the top tweets from #groundchat’s gardening with children. It’s all about encouraging our kids into the garden.

Grandmother showing her grandchildren the ropes at RBG

Written on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in #groundchat News

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This year’s TBG’s Through the Garden Gate garden tour takes us through the upscale neighbourhood of Lawrence Park. It’s a must-see garden tour as you will see…lovely houses, fantastic gardens, great gardeners.

Brochure for this year's garden tour

Written on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Do you have children more enamored with McDonalds than vegetables? How about children who spend most of their days indoors playing video games and watching TV? The truth is most kids today are spending more time indoors than outdoors. Children suffer from nature deficit disorder and as a result many children don’t know how to garden. But help is on the way with Steve & Emma Biggs’s book, Grow Gardeners.

Steve and Emma Biggs Grow Gardeners

Written on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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