In fact, we don’t seem to realize that this living soil is the necessary foundation of a garden. Soil is not dirt.
Soil is not dirt. It is not a pile of fine-ground rock and biological detritus. It is not even a home for mycelium and microorganisms, annelids and insects, roots and burrowing chordates. It is the sum of all those things living together.
It’s time to come back to earth, and to reverse scales from the mind-bogglingly large to the infinitesimally small.
Where does soil come from? In keeping with the big-picture perspective of this series, let’s tackle that question from the god’s-eye perspective. We can zero in on the finer points later.
Courtney White and host Alex Wise discuss the profound impact that could result from some simple changes in ranching and farming practices
Agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role in reversing global warming and increasing global food security.
The world’s soils could be a key ally in the fight to limit global warming to 2℃, thanks to their ability to store carbon and keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.
In which I apply insights from the study of ecology to different ways to grow vegetables. Let the competition begin!
The purpose of a carbon ranch is to mitigate climate change by sequestering CO2 in plants and soils, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and producing co-benefits that build ecological and economic resilience in local landscapes.
Shared Planet explores the link between a growing human population and wildlife and there is no other part of the natural world that is under as much pressure as the earth’s soils.
Without soil, and the overlying atmosphere, with its 20% oxygen content, life on the surface of the earth could not exist. Certainly there would be no humans.
Could the answer to our environmental problems be under our feet? Interview with Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet