Want to grow more flavorful tomatoes? Want to produce more colorful blooms? Healthy plants need healthy soil to do their best. Join Kirsten Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington County and City of Alexandria, for the basics of how you can improve your soil ‘health’, improve water retention, increase your garden’s ability to fight off diseases, and reduce your need for fertilizers and pesticides. Bring your questions about what a ‘living’ soil does, soil test interpretation, the use of compost, and the importance of good soil drainage, for a session on best practices that are part of a holistic approach to garden health.
Zoom session, recorded August 13 2021
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Food Waste Collection
- Arlington County Yard/Kitchen Waste Collection
- EcoAction Arlington: Be an Active Participant in Collecting Food Scraps Waste
- Alexandria Food Waste Collection Sites
- Urban Soil Rebuilding
- Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils
- Urban Soils, USDA.
- Lots of info on the web and social media:
4TheSoil: Core Principles
Virginia Soil health Coalition
Virginia Tech Soil Testing Notes
- Explanation of soil tests Note 1
- Lawn fertilization for cool season grasses Note 17
- Lawn fertilization for warm season grasses Note 18
- Vegetable & flower gardens Note 19
- Home shrubs & trees Note 20
- Home fruit trees Note 21
- Small fruits for home use Note 22
- Turf & garden tips
- Understanding Cation Exchange Capacity and Base Saturation, University of Georgia Extension.
- DIY Home Soil Percolation Test
- Arborist Wood Chips for Building Soil
- Estimating Soil Texture
- Soil Health and Cover Crops, Virginia Cooperative Extension.
- Cultivating better tasting more nutritious tomatoes