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Soils and composting factsheets - Roundup of soil and composting factsheets from many Cornell departments and units.

Hot Book:
Tales from the Underground: A Natural History of Subterranean Life
From soil-dwelling bacteria to prairie dogs, Cornell plant ecologist David Wolfe explains how the pieces of the soil puzzle fit together. Entertaining and informative.
Cornell online resources:

Introduction to Soil Assesment - Primer on understanding your soil from the How, When and Why of Forest Farming. Great for gardeners, too.

Site Assessment for Gardeners - [56-page, 4.8 MB .pdf file] A step-by-step workbook for better home gardens and landscapes. Pre-publication version. Find individual chapters and links from text here. Includes sections on compaction, drainage and soil characteristics.

Cornell composting - Tells you just about everything you ever wanted to know about composting, from teaching about compost in schools to commercial-scale systems, including a Home Composting Slide Show. More small-scale composting information from the Cornell Waste Management Institute.

Land Application of Sewage Sludge: An Appraisal of the US Regulations - Formerly titled A Case for Caution report suggests avoiding use of biosolids on home vegetable gardens, and avoid access to sludge products by children.

Something to grow on - Basic soils information targeted at nursery producers.

Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab - Soil testing information, pH test kits, how to take a soil sample, and more.

What's my soil type? - USDA-NRCS now has an web soil survey tool. In the lefthand navigation area, enter your address and zip code. Draw a rectangular area using the AOI tool. Then click on the Soil Map tab near the top of the page. Use the key to the left to identify the soil type codes on the map. Want to know more about your soil type(s)? Search the NRCS's Official Soil Series Descriptions for your soil type.


Penn State Environmental Soil Issues Factsheets - Factsheets about sludge, lead and treated lumber.


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