Organic Soil Building for the Backyard Organic Gardener
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 36 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- By the end of this course you will be able to improve the soil in your organic garden.
- In this course you will learn the science of soil ecology, the basics of soil building, and how to apply your knowledge to different gardening styles.
- An interest in organic gardening.
Healthy, fertile soil is the key to growing abundant, nutrient-rich food. Organic gardeners recognize that their job is to build rich soil; abundant, nutrient-rich food is just a by-product of healthy soil. Feed the soil and the soil will feed you!
In this course, Samantha Langlois, conservation biologist and avid organic gardener, makes soil ecology and soil building available to people of all educational backgrounds. Delivered lecture-style and with supplemental PDF downloads, Samantha clearly breaks down the science behind healthy garden soil!
In this course you will gain the scientific background to understand the science of soil ecology. You will then learn what your soil needs in order to be healthy and fertile. Most importantly, you will learn how to apply this knowledge to your own backyard organic garden. By the end of this course you will know how to build the soil you need to produce abundant, nutrient-rich food in your own organic garden.
- Organic gardeners
In this lesson you will learn about the mineral composition of soil; the sand, silt, and clay particles in soil. You’ll get to look at the soil texture triangle and learn how to define your soil based on its mineral content. We’ll talk about the different ways each mineral type affects key soil characteristics like water holding capacity, nutrient retention and supply, drainage, and nutrient leaching. We’ll demystify the legend of loam and talk about why loam it is the ideal mineral mixture for your garden soil.
Now that you understand what nutrients are necessary for plant growth, we’ll talk about how you can find out what nutrients your soil may or may not be lacking. You’ll learn why to soil test, what most labs test for, what you can expect to learn about your soil from a soil test, and when the best time of year is to do a soil test.
Lastly, we’ll talk about specific soil considerations for your container garden.You’ll learn how to choose a quality, organic, bagged potting soil.Besides soil, we’ll also talk about some other needs specific to container gardening like drainage, water, sunlight, fertilizer, and container size.