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“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?
When & Where
Edible Evanston promotes sustainable local food growing and sharing in the Evanston area.
Expanding Gardening & Growing New Gardeners: We provide opportunities for individuals to expand their knowledge of nutrition, growing food, and composting so citizens can experience the benefits of Evanston-raised produce for themselves. Edible Evanston encourages and supports community members in establishing new gardens and promotes seed sharing.
Sharing “Excess” Produce: We help individual growers get their excess produce to those in need in our community, reducing waste and providing fresh produce to those in need.
Food Growing in Public Green Spaces: Edible Evanston also has a commitment to promote the development and preservation of open green spaces in the urban environment. As part of this, we manage The Eggleston Anniversary Orchard and Food Forest.
Learn more at edibleevanston.org
Edible Evanston is a project of Citizens' Greener Evanston
We are grateful to program support from the Evanston Community Foundation