How do soil microbes affect soil health and nutrient availability?

Soil is essential to life. That’s why we hear more every day about the microbes that inhabit soil1. What many don’t realize, however, is that those microbes are related to the emerging field of “soil health.” Microbes also affect how soils are tested in laboratories. This topic has captured the attention of farmers, scientists and … Continue reading How do soil microbes affect soil health and nutrient availability?

What’s the best way to plant my new purchase?

In our last Soils Matter blog post, we discussed creating the best hole, in the best location, for your plant purchases. (https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/is-there-actually-a-right-way-to-dig-a-hole-for-planting/). Note how large the root mass is for a tomato grown in a properly prepared hole (uncompacted soil). The plant grew twice as large and produced more fruit than one in a poorly … Continue reading What’s the best way to plant my new purchase?