Top 10 soil tweets from last week

Tweets monitor the interest and popularity on particular topics. This week (May 17 to May 23) tweets varied from container watering to starvation because of poor soil conditions. Check out the the top 10 soil tweets!

 

 

Top 10 Soil Tweets

Last week’s top 10 soil tweets that I thought you might find interesting, informative or just plain fun. Hope you enjoy them. Follow me on @CristinaGardens for more tweets on soil and gardening.

 

Tweet 1

 Nature News&Comment ‏‪@NatureNews The soil sleuth: Meet the woman using dirt to help convict criminals ‪http://ow.ly/NiJ7X  ‪#longread

Summary 34 retweets 30 favorites

Forensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes. “The soil never lies,” says Dawson. Nature’s article, Forensic science: The soil sleuth

 

 

Tweet 2

How to Plant ‏‪@HowToPlant 
If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine. – John Harrison

Summary 4 retweets 3 favorites

How To Plant website emphasis the importance of soil in growing all plants, from fruit trees to flowering annuals. Building the soil with organic matter on the How to Plant website.

 

Tweet 3

Monrovia ‏‪@MonroviaPlants 1

 Let soil dry to the touch before watering thoroughly + more window box tips ‪@organiclife ‪http://ly/NjaD

Summary 3 retweets 7 favorites

Knowing when to water container was a popular window box tip on Rodale’s Organic Life website. Choosing plants with compatible needs is a must and only watering only after the soil is dry to the touch.Rodale Organic Life article on containers planting and maintenance tips 

 

 

Tweet 4 

Danielle Nierenberg ‏‪@DaniNierenberg 
Too cool! NASA embarks on mission to map global soil: ‪http://usa.gov/1c4rsGv ‪@NASA

Summary 35 retweets 22 favorites

NASA’s new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun its three-year science operations.

SMAP will help scientists

  • Understand links among Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles;
  • reduce uncertainties in predicting climate; and
  • Enhance our ability to monitor and predict natural hazards like floods and droughts.
  • Improve weather forecasting
  • Improves crop yield predictions.

 

Tweet 5 

FAO Newsroom ‏‪@FAOnews May 23‪#nowreading#Soil doctor offers healthy advice for smallholder farmers http://ly/Nh0jy via @VOA_News
View summary

Summary 6 retweets 6 favorites

Helping Kenyan smallholder farmers improve their soil health and increase yields.
Ian Chesterman, Fintrac’s (Ag company) technical advisor, says soil education and improved management skills are the first steps in improving food production and productivity. He said one project working in Kenya – called Soil Doctor – is doing just that. Soil Doctor provides soil testing and recommendations.

Once they’ve implemented the recommendations,” he said, “we’ve consistently seen farmers improved yields by anywhere between 40 to 150 percent within a year – significantly improving their crop income.”

 

Tweet 6

USGS ‏‪@USGS May 22 
Digging for clues…Studying soil to understand the 2014 landslide in Oso, WA: ‪http://doi.gov/1IPYpoM

Summary 23 retweets 24 favorites

Landslide tweets are always popular. This time, studying the soil in the hopes of understanding what caused the 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, USA.

On March 22, 2014 a devastating landslide occurred near the town of Oso, Washington. The landslide averaging 40 miles per hour destroyed more than 40 homes and killed 43 people.

Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), together with its project partners, the University of California, Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UCB), and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), are studying the landslide to determine the geologic, hydrogeologic, and geotechnical conditions which causes these types of rapid landslides. This understanding is required to begin identifying possible conditions leading to slope failure and leading to the landslide fast descent.

 

Tweet 7

Soil has biological diversity.AAFC Canada ‏‪@AAFC_Canada May 22Soil is rich in biodiversity. What’s your soil? ‪#BiodiversityDay ‪#IYS2015

Summary 14 retweets 5 favorites
Friday, May 22 was International Day for Biological Diversity. Healthy soil has as much biological diversity (if not more) as the above-ground environment.

 

Tweet 8 

Gareth Austin ‏‪@GardenerGareth May 22 Donegal, Ireland


‪@CristinaGardens@thegardenlady we’ve been doing some soil testing recently with students #groundchat

Summary 2 retweets 3 favorites

Soil testing in Northern Ireland with horticulturist, Gareth Austin. He shows students how to do their own on-site soil tests, in this case drainage rates. Knowing how to do on-site can really help these future horticulturists grow better gardens.

Tweet 9

Soil Association ‏‪@SoilAssociation May 22Soil degradation may mean we won’t be able to feed people in 50 years – ‪#OrganicNews via ‪@Independent‪http://lt/5XJGF7

Summary 10 retweets 5 favorites

Soil degradation leading to starvation in 50 years. Grim news from UK’s The Independent.

Helen Browning, head of Soil Association, says we have “already degraded about 40 per cent of our soils internationally, and that’s happening here as well. If we don’t take care of our soils, we won’t be able to feed people in 50 years.” Browning promoted organic farming as a solution since “the ultimate purpose of organic farming is to take care of the soils upon which food production relies.”

 


Tweet 10

Modern Farmer ‏‪@ModFarm May 22 
A news study finds the world’s soil isn’t very good and that’s really, really bad. ‪http://com/2015/05/our-soil-is-bad-and-were-all-going-to-die/ …

Summary 25 retweets 15 favorites

Our soil is dead. Are we doomed?

A new review in the journal Science  paints a dire picture of  the world’s soil condition. The reviews states that we may be reaching a plateau of just how much food our planet can produce because of severe leaching of vital nutrients and erosion, both partly due to industrial agriculture.
Possible solutions to this dire situation include crop rotation and recycling nutrients.


Written by Cristina da Silva
Monday, May 25, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Comments

  1. Kirk says:

    Amazing stuff! It shows just how important soil is to our lives.

    Kirk

    • It really is, Kirk. I think so often many people don’t think about soil because it quietly exits below our feet. But without it, the world would be a much harsher and hungrier world.


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