What “cover crops” could home gardeners consider in the fall?

Farmers across the country use “cover crops” over the winter. Cover crops do several things, depending on what is planted: Help prevent erosion and topsoil loss. Their roots, and the plants themselves, help hold the soil in place during wind, rain and other weather events.Provide organic matter to the soil the following spring. These “residues” … Continue reading What “cover crops” could home gardeners consider in the fall?

Why do soils need amending?

Soils take a long time to form. Some soils are thousands to millions of years old. During that formation process, a number of important processes occurred, which are called weathering. Weathering leads to the breakdown of the parent material (rocks, minerals, wind or water moved sands and sediments), and the creation of soil. The photo … Continue reading Why do soils need amending?