Demystifying Gardening Buzzwords (panel discussion)
- Home & Lifestyle
- Evanston Ecology Center, Evanston IL
“Building Soil Naturally” is a free Edible Evanston workshop to help gardeners enhance and build up their topsoil for optimum production and longevity. The workshop will discuss “Soil basics,” “Enhancing soil structure” and “Frequently asked questions.”
There will be ample time for interaction with other gardeners, and for discussion about how good topsoils in our region are developed.
The main presenter, Ken Kastman, is a professional geotechnical engineer, a co-leader of Edible Evanston, and is president of the Evanston firm Earth-Whys, LLC.
Soil Basics –
Good topsoil is a mix of physical, chemical and biological components
• Soil types
• Organic Matter
Enhancing soil structure –
Balance nutrient ratios, increase organic matter, and improve the soil food web
• Compost, leaf mulch, “lasagna” sheet mulch, and cover crops
• Structural components
• To till or not to till
Frequently Asked Questions –
• What does good topsoil look like?
• Do I need to test my soil?
• When is soil ready to be worked?
Develop sustainable local food sources by creating urban farms, community gardens, greenhouses, and composting sites, as well as encourage home-garden production of food. Through these sites, provide educational opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of nutrition, growing food, and composting. Incorporate a long-term commitment to development and preservation of open green spaces in the urban environment. Share locally grown food with those in need. Learn more at edibleevanston.org
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