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Dick Melvin – Why You Should Never, Ever ‘Turn’ A Compost Pile Again

Many experts insist that in order to make good compost, it must be turned regularly, but is that really the case? Consider: When leaves fall each autumn and dead trees topple over in hardwood forests, is that decaying matter turned over? No, it just sits there turning into rich leaf mold. A common myth is that you cannot make good …

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TERRA DAILY – Humus depletion induced by climate change

The yields of many important crops in Europe have been stagnating since the 1990s. As a result, the input of organic matter into the soil – the crucial source for humus formation – is decreasing. Scientists from the Technical University Munich (TUM) suspect that the humus stocks of arable soils are declining due to the influence of climate change. Humus, …

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Ocean currents impact methane consumption

Large amounts of methane – whether as free gas or as solid gas hydrates – can be found in the sea floor along the ocean shores. When the hydrates dissolve or when the gas finds pathways in the sea floor to ascend, the methane can be released into the water and rise to the surface. Once emitted into the atmosphere, …

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Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready This Spring – Peter D’AuriaMiles Schneiderman

The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don’t have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project. Hugelkültür Hugelkültür (mound or hill culture) …

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93 Percent of the World’s Seeds Have Been Lost in the Last 80 Years

Seeds represent the foundation of life. We depend on them for food, for medicine and for our very survival. In many ways, you can trace the underpinnings of any given culture through the heritage of their crops and seeds. It wasn’t long ago when seeds were mostly the concern of farmers who, as the Worldwatch Institute put it, “were the …

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ALUMINUM CAN STUNT PLANT ROOTS IN JUST MINUTES

Scientists have discovered how aluminum, a toxic result of soil acidification, acts to reduce plant growth. The increasing human population and continuing degradation of farm soils has made food security a critical issue, says researcher Peter Kopittke of the University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. One-third of the world’s food-producing land has been lost in the past 40 …

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7 Laws Of Gardening: Time-Tested Tips For Growing A Successful Garden

We all have the best of intentions in the beginning of summer. We plan on spending the season growing a beautiful lush garden. As the summer drags on, avoiding the heat becomes the top priority. From the neglect, your garden suffers. The plants may not be thriving, there may be bug infestations, or root rot. Inevitably, if there are enough issues, …