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Winter soils are far from dead. Soil microbes are still buzzing around and we need to change our gardening practices to keep them alive until spring.

lighthouse in the winter

Written on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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.


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

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Written by Cristina da Silva

It seems fitting to chat about the importance of soil on Earth Day. Over 75 years ago, Henry A. Wallace, United States Secretary of Agriculture, said,

“People in cities may forget the soil for as long as hundred years, but Mother Nature’s memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely.”

Soil is essential to life — people and other living beings – as well as Earth itself. I have listed the many ways that soil affects our lives and our planet.

sandy loam Dundas Ontario

Written on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Plants & Soils, Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva

“Why bother having a Provincial/State soil?” I was asked on #groundchat.

 It’s a valid question. After all most of us, including gardeners, don’t give soil a second thought, even though we walk on it every day.

 As for the answer to that question, I couldn’t answer it any better than Charles E. Kellogg: 


Written on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva

My weekly soil tweetup has transformed to #groundchat.  Same day, same time, same great chats!


Written on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva

I am a great fan of Twitter, but with so much information and people, it’s easy to spend most of your time tweeting without really “talking” to anyone. The solution?  Tweetups: an organized focused session on a particular gardening/landscaping topic.  It’s the best filter for finding excellent garden-related information.


Written on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva

It was the uniformity that gave it away. Fifty or more anthuriums packed together in a tiny booth resplendent with glossy red spathes, all absolutely alike. There’s only one form of propagation that produces such uniformity: micropropagation.

 

westland greenhouses anthurium 6 inch

Image courtesy Westland Greenhouses


Written on Thursday, October 27, 2011 in Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva

What does it mean to have a well-drained soil? How do I know if I have well-drained soil?


Written on Sunday, February 7, 2010 in Soils & Growing Media

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Written by Cristina da Silva