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Monday, October 4, 2010

Assignment for Week 1

In one succinct paragraph, tell me the one most important thing you learned about soil in Sunday's lecture and email it to me before Friday.

Thank you, 



  1. My first try got wiped out - I just saw this tonight. I have a pretty heavy work schedule and most everything else gets done on the weekends. I can check this mid-week for assignments in the future.

    Here's my paragraph:
    Working a larger garden, I had assumed that I would need to add fertilizers of some sort. This year I experimented with the Square Foot Gardening method that calls for a mix of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 compost - Bartholomew, that creator of this method insists on several different kinds of composts mixed together to get a range of nutrients so added fertilizers aren't necessary. This worked very well, but I wasn't sure about planting outside the raised beds. It was good to learn that in general, fertilizers, organic and chemical, do more harm than good in the long run. Once soil is healthy plants have everything they need to grow. I liked your point that advertisers will always try to sell us more stuff, whether or not it's necessary.

    Laura Hauther

    Well, after two weeks of darkness I have Email access. Ya!!

    Based on the soils lesson I learn that before I plant anything I should know what kind of soil I have, so I got a soil test back and here I have sandy soil, low nutrients and 1% clay; therefore I did add 4 inches of compost and stir the first layers of the sandy soil very well, water it well, let it rest for few days and water it some more until the compost did mixt with the sand and form a nice textured soil. It should do it.

    Clara Yoshihara


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