Have you ever wondered why your plants aren’t looking bushy and beautiful? Ryan Batjiaka, an expert in soil and compost, gives us a sneak peek into his upcoming class called How to Keep Your Soil Healthy.
“There are a number of ways poor soil health can give you a garden full of sad plants. Depending on the severity of these problems, a plant can suffer excessive pest damage, go to seed prematurely, give poor yields, look stunted, and generally fail to become the impressive plant all gardeners hope for. When plants do succeed, producing vibrant blooms or a large harvest, it is because of the sunlight and climate of its location and the soil conditions it was grown in. The difference between a Wow! plant and a sad plant is all about the soil.
There are many ways to measure the health of one’s soil. We can look at soil health from the point of view of its physical structure, from a biological standpoint, and from a chemical element analysis. There are also simple steps that every gardener can take to evaluate the physical, biological and chemical health of the soil in their own garden. Once we know what is happening in the soil, we can take informed action to improve the soil health. The upcoming How to Keep Your Soil Healthy class on April 25th will give participants the skills to evaluate and then care for their own soil. We will also talk about steps we can take as a society to care for our planet’s soil health.
So–whether you want to get comments on how great your garden looks or you want to mitigate climate change with one extremely simple step–understanding soil is vital to your garden’s health.”
Ryan also says that the class will actually go beneath the soil surface with a root window. “As of March 15th, these radish roots are just starting their downward journey to harvest water and nutrients. Where will they end up by April 25th?”