The words “dirt” and “soil” are often interchanged, but to a gardener, there’s a big difference. “Soil” is what gives life to a garden – full of organic matter, minerals, and nutrients. However, not all soil is created equal, which is why it’s great to get to know your soil first.
Today, Joe takes a look at how to take a soil sample for testing, and then visits the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to take a closer look at soil and the process of testing it. Joe talks to David Hardy, Section Chief for Soil Testing at the NCDA. David shows us the ropes of testing soil and how the process happens.
A great way to boost the nutrient levels and bump up the organic matter, naturally, is with compost. It’s the single best amendment you can add to your soil. It’s helpful to know where you can go to get good compost and to know that it is going to be just as high quality as the stuff you could make at home. Frank Franciosi, President of the US Compost Council, gives us some guidance on how to find compost that is healthy, where it came from, and how to use it.
Later, Chef Nathan cooks up something that grows better with great soil, Thyme and Rosemary seasoned root vegetables.
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