Source: Maritime Gardening
Better soil means better gardens – but did you know that your soil is alive? Did you know that there’s more organisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on the earth? Well I didn’t know that – but my guest – soil scientist Keith Reid knows that, and many other things about soil life, and we discuss them all in this podcast when we talk about soil life and soil organic matter – which is the focus of chapter ten of his great book “Improving Your Soil”.
Keith has been fascinated with soil from the time he was growing up on a mixed farm in Bruce county, Ontario, and has been lucky enough to make that fascination into a career that has spanned four decades. This has included time working for a fertilizer and farm supply retailer, the Ontario government as a soil fertility specialist, and the Canadian government as a soil scientist developing methods to keep phosphorus on the land and out of the Great Lakes. Throughout this time, there have always been gardens to tend. Writing “Improving Your Soil” was an opportunity to share what he has learned in a clear, approachable way for gardeners wherever they are, spanning the gap between the cursory treatment in most garden books and the complexity of a university textbook.
His book is widely available through Amazon/Indigo/etc.
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