What's Up 34: Soil tests, organics, moles

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Making sense of soil test results

This soil's a stain on organics' rep

Defining organic produce and farms

In our garden:

  • Perennial detective wards off problems
  • Saw a redtwig
  • Clip a kousa

Weed wars III, hunting starry bulbs

Mulling over moles

Widening the water

Crocuses save the outcast gardener

Teeming with life, a good team to have on your side

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In this issue you will find answers to these Search terms:

Acid
Acidity
Adding fertilizers
Aggressive plants
Amendments
Amphibians
Anchored plants
Animal sounds in spring
Bacteria
Beneficial fungus
Beneficial insect shelter
Bird and butterfly food
Bulb dormancy
Bulb weeds
Bunnies and deer eating bulbs
Certified soils
chemical compounds
Chemical fertilizers
Chemically treated soils
Clay
Compost
Corona tools
Correct time to shape flowering shrubs
Cost of soil test
Cover crops
Crocuses
dead spots in perennial crown
decreased flowering
deer damage
Destroying soil texture and structure
Different result
Digging out weeds
disease
Early bulbs
Expanding irrigation for root systems
feeding birds
Felco tools
Folding saw
Fungi
Gradual soil changes vs. drastic steps
Grow food
Growing your own food
Grubs
Hands on pruning
Healthy plant pruning
herbicide
holes in crown
Holes near plants
How much to prune
Humus
Images of pruning shrubs
Improving soil
insect problems
Insects
Irrigation
Keeping plants and garden in control
Leaching
Microbial glue
Microorganisms
Moisture
Moles
Mulch
nitrogen
Nitrogen fixing bacteria
Non-edible plants
nutrients
Offset bulbs
Organic soil
Ornithogalum umbellatum, Star of Bethlehem weedy bulb
OTA Organic Trade Association
Overcrowding
Pesticide residue in ground water
Pesticide residues in the ground
pH of soil
phosphorus
Plant roots
potassium
Preparation
Produce vigorous young wood by pruning
Pruning at different times of the year
Pruning Shrubs
Pruning woodies
pruning woody plants
rabbit damage
Rainwater
recycling yard waste
redtwig dogwood pruning
Removing molehills
Rocky soil
Root tips
Sand
Signs plants show when division is needed
Silt
Slow release fertilizers
smothering weeds
soil acidity
Soil compaction
soil microorganisms

One teaspoon of organic soil
may have 600 million to
1 billion helpful bacteria
from 15,000 species.
Chemically treated soil
may have as few as 100 bacteria.

- Elaine R. Ingham -
Oregon State University soil scientist,
quoted in the article "Our Food, Our Future"
by Donella H. Meadows, published in
Organic Gardening magazine Sept/Oct 2000.

soil pH
soil pore space
Soil samples
soil testing
Soil tests
staking with pruning clippings
Standards for organic foods
Star of Bethlehem, Ornithogalum umbellatum
subsoil
Subterranean critters|
Sulfur
Synthetic pesticides
Timing for the best results from the amendments added
Timing of cutting ornamental grasses
Trapping
Tunneling
Understanding soil test results
USDA organic guidelines
Useful ideas for cut branches
Vegetables
Voles
weak growth
weak stems
Weed control
What is the definition of organic soil?
What is your soil composed of?
What soil test will not tell you
When to cut ornamental grass
When to take soil test
Where to take your soil sample
why not eradicate underground creatures
Winter interest
Working soil by fork, shovel
Worms

Many thanks to Forum Moderator Deb Hall, who provided key words so our Search would "See into" this pdf-format issue. With the generous help of gardening friends, this website grows!

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