Soil Links

Sharing information uplifts everyone. I will be adding useful soil links as I come across them!

Great soil blogs

The Soil Science Society of America have a great blog: Soils Matter, Get the Scoop. It covers all things pertaining to soil, including soil basics, gardening, farming and soil conservation.

Soil Classification

Soil Classification. Canadian Soil Orders.
Brief instructional videos complied by University of British Columbia. Very accessible and informative information on the 10 Canadian soil orders.

Soils of Canada
Contains photo galleries and information on soils found in Canada. Good place to start.

USDA-NRCS Soil Maps 
Shows the distribution of the 12 USA soil orders. Great soils maps with soil profiles next to each soil order

Find your soil!


Soils of Canada
Agriculture and Agri Food Canada has interactive map that allows you to find out your town’s soil order, kind of material (mineral or organic), topography and drainage.

CanSIS soil reports, maps, and data reports of Canada 
Table provides access to Canadian detailed soil survey reports and maps in multiple formats (Scanned PDF, Online GIS maps, GIS data download) in all provinces and territories.


USDA Web Soil Survey
Great app to zoom right to the soil in your location.


Other links


Uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
Developed by Columbia University
Free App
iPhone, iTouch and iPad
Rating: 4/5

The authoritative guide to 100 of the most common trees in North America.
Free App.
iPhone, iTouch and iPad
Rating  4/5 rating.


Fine Gardening Magazine’s Pronoucing Latin Botanical Names
I don’t know about you, but I always need help pronoucing the latin botanical names. How do you say Agastache foeniculum?

Plant Phytography Blog
Learning botany terminology visually!


Vegetable MD Online
Move over medical doctors, the veggie world has its own diagnostic specialists.

Gardening Clubs 

Credit Valley Horticultural Society (To bee or not to bee, June 9, 2010)

Applewood Garden Club  (Blending the edible & ornamental landscapes, April 15, 2010)



The Lawn Institue.  Gives you all the information you need to know about growing a great lawn.

Information providers!

USDA’s Cooperative Extension


BugGuide Identification, Images, & Information For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin For the United States & Canada

About.Com Insects Guide. Written by naturalist, Debbie Hadley, she regularly updates the site with great relevant information.


Tree ID

Alabama Coop Extension. Key to the commonly found trees in Alabama.

Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Identification Field Guide: What Tree is that?
US-centric, but still useful to Canadians because most Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border.

Virginia Tech Tree ID  
Using leaves to identify trees, step by step. Useful.

American Forests. Protecting and restoring forest.
Great easy-to-navigate website filled good information: Tree facts, carbon calculator, big trees, climate benefits of trees and so much more!