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The garden-variety earthworm is a modern interloper in the northern forests. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Earthworm.jpg">Fir0002/Flagstaffotos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The garden-variety earthworm is a modern interloper in the northern forests. Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Invasive earthworms

Earthworms, friend to lawn and garden, are actually an invasive species in northern forests, which developed in the worm-free environment of retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss their return, and the consequences for boreal soil, trees and wildflowers.  Go to full article
Improving clay topsoil with peat and composted manure. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28123480@N00/686991915/">Kathleen Farley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Improving clay topsoil with peat and composted manure. Photo: Kathleen Farley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The lowdown on good dirt

A foundational conversation for gardeners this morning: Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy breaks down the good and not-so-good about topsoil.

Whether you're filling raised beds, raising the grade in a spot of the garden, or putting the finishing landscaping around a construction project, good topsoil will make a big difference.

Amy runs through the basic ingredients, and how to make sure the soil you buy or mix yourself will do the job.  Go to full article
Reporter Karen Kelly and her daughter, Hannah, gather soil from their garden to be tested for toxins.
Reporter Karen Kelly and her daughter, Hannah, gather soil from their garden to be tested for toxins.

Hidden danger in the garden

All over the region, first-time gardeners are harvesting their ripe tomatoes and leafy greens. Karen Kelly is one, but as a veteran reporter, she dug a little deeper and found a hidden danger in the dirt.  Go to full article

The garden race begins

Healthy garden soil plays a big part in a successful growing season. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about tips for improving and amending your soil.  Go to full article

Autumn leaves: good as gold for gardeners

It's leaf cleanup season, and horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley that all those leaves can be beneficial to the garden soil.  Go to full article

Prepping for next year's garden

It's harvest season, but it's never too early to start thinking about next year's garden. Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about soil care and preparation for the next growing season.  Go to full article

Sustainable gardening, pt 2

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about building healthy garden soil the sustainable way.  Go to full article

Corn ethanol: farmland conservation takes a back seat

Federal farmland conservation program have saved water, soil and wildlife through simple set-asides. That's when farmers get paid to take some cropland out of production. It protects waterways and provides wildlife habitat. It makes sense for the soil, too. But, in the second of our two-part series on ethanol, Julie Grant reports that as demand for corn and soybeans for ethanol production grows, farmland conservation is taking a back seat.  Go to full article

The Invasion of the Tent Caterpillars

Martha Foley and Amy Ivy talk about the eastern and forest tent caterpillar outbreaks across the region, and the best choices for top soil in their weekly gardening chat.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Earthworms

Earthworms, friend to lawn and garden, are actually an invasive species in northern forests which developed in the worm-free evironment of retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss their return, and the consequences for boreal soil, trees and wildflowers.  Go to full article

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