Soil Matters

We tend to take the ground beneath our feet for granted, but soil is a defining feature of the landscape around us, in the garden and on the trail.

 

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Garden Stories

January 01, 2005 by Anne Hayes

The old saw about weather in San Francisco—if you don’t like it, walk a block—could also be applied to Bay Area soils. Nonconformity in Bay Area rocks, along with varied topography, climate, and vegetation, has resulted in a great variety of native soils. In addition to natural processes, human factors also greatly influence the composition […]

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Getting Grounded

January 01, 2005 by Anne Hayes

Long, long ago, in a time before time, the place where we now live was a deep sea. Beneath the waters, however, the earth stirred. A coast range was lifted up. Rains fell upon the bare slopes. Rivers and streams formed, wearing away rock, transporting sediment. At a very stately pace, over the last two […]

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Notes from Underground

January 01, 2005 by Mike Koslosky

It is often the smallest things that get overlooked, and life in the soil is probably the most neglected habitat of all. Tilling the soil or weeding the garden puts us in touch with a few members of the soil environment, and we might notice a spider, snail, beetle, or worm now and again. But […]

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Resources for Healthy Soil

January 01, 2005 by Sue Rosenthal

General Information Sources and Websites Bio-Integral Resource Center www.birc.org (510)524-2567 Extensive information resources for least-toxic pest management. California Integrated Waste Management Board www.ciwmb.ca.gov/organics/gardening Information and resources for organic materials management and home gardening, including grasscycling, home composting, and worm composting. Our Water—Our World www.Ourwaterourworld.org Integrated Pest Management Fact Sheets, plus lists of less toxic products […]

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Soil-Friendly Practices

January 01, 2005 by Anne Hayes

Organic matter is the most important part of the soil because it is fodder for the many organisms that keep soil alive and elastic. And because it is consumed by these organisms, soil organic matter needs to be replenished. The makings of soil organic matter are a constant part of all of our lives, from […]

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Soil Matters

January 01, 2005 by Bay Nature Staff

We tend to take the ground beneath our feet for granted, but soil is a defining feature of the landscape around us, in the garden and on the trail.

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