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Introduction to Soil Assessment - Primer on understanding your soil from the How, When and Why of Forest Farming. Great for gardeners, too.
Soils basics - Gardening starts with the soil. Here's how to get yours ready for planting.

Fertilizing Garden Soils - Soil testing, pH, nitrogen sidedressing and more.

Home Composting - 4-pages of basics from Cornell Waste Management Institute

"Trouble-Free" Home Composting Factsheets - Good, basic information from the Tompkins County CCE Compost Education Program.

Using organic matter in the garden - Organic materials available to home gardeners, their effect on soil, plants, and soil life, and how they are commonly used.

Home Garden Use of Milorganite - How risky is this fertilizer product made from treated sewage sludge.

A Guide to the Nutrient Value of Organic Materials and Improve Your Soil with Cover Crops - EcoGardening factsheets from the Department of Horticulture.

Dealing with Soil Compaction - The single biggest threat to tree and shrub plantings. Tips for vegetables and flowers, too.

Mulches for landscaping - Relative merits of various natural and synthetic materialsthe hazards of too much and toxic mulch..

Natural Resources Soils Factsheets - '80s-vintage factsheets provide a solid understanding of soils and groundwater: Children, gardens, and lead - Safety measures for reducing risks.

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