At the end of every month, #groundchat has a roundtable discussion of soil in the news. January has been an active month.

Frost quakes has heaved its way to the top of pile.

Torrential rains has caused landslides in Indonesia.

Scientists, studying global warming effects, predict a disturbance in the balance of soil nutrients in drylands.

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Written on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Plants & Soils

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During the 2014 Master Gardener Technical Update, Keynote speaker, Lorraine Johnson, advised us to avoid buying root vegetables if we thought the soil that they grew in was contaminated. But are root vegetables the only suspects?


Lorraine Johnson 2014

Written on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Plants & Soils

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This week on #groundchat, guest host Sarah DePass, @StarkBrosCares, chats about protecting fruit tree roots during cold snaps. A very timely topic for NE US gardeners, and Eastern Canada. It has been a real winter this year.

Written on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in #groundchat News

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“Soil is a biggie in the vegetable garden,” says Charles Hunter, Curator Instructor of Vegetable, Rose and Herb Gardens at Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture. Hunter was speaking at the Toronto Master Gardener Technical Update at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Written on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Building Soil

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