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How “dirt” evolves into “soil”

Diane Gettis Making soil from dirt...go figure...

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Making soil from dirt…go figure…

Turning Dirt into Soil

Dirt is for kids. Soil is for grown-ups. Soil is essential for the successful growing of crops, development of our forests and the sustainability of our Earth’s environment. “Turning Dirt into Soil”, third in the Lincoln County Master Gardeners Round Table series, takes place at the Newport Library, Thursday, March 12, from 10:00 am to noon.

“Gardening begins with proper soil preparation,” recommends Sonja Lovas. Sonja, Claudette Schroeder and Sally Reill, Master Gardeners with extensive growing experience on the Central Coast, will guide a discussion about how to develop, amend and maintain healthy soil; prepare soils for seed planting, improve fertility, and much more.

Agriculturalists have known for years that nourishing and protecting the soil is critical for growing vegetables, fruit and landscape plants. “Soil is not dirt, but a complex, living, breathing aggregate of minerals, bacteria, fungi and arthropods, working together to make nutrients available to support healthy plants,” says Sally Reill. In recent years, soil scientists have improved our understanding of minimum ground disturbance, encouraging microorganisms and caring for soil over time. “Healthy soil is the foundation of successful coastal gardening,” emphasizes Claudette Schroeder.

A bonus during this program will be free soil pH testing. Participants are welcome to bring a small amount of soil from their garden beds or problem areas. Master gardeners will be on hand to conduct a quick test to determine the acidity level of their sample.

“Turning Dirt into Soil” is free to all, but please call the OSU Extension Office at 541-574-6534, ext. 57410, to ensure adequate seating and materials.

This is the fourth year that the Lincoln County Master Gardeners are presenting Round Table discussions oriented to gardeners and the general public. A list of Round Table topics, dates and times is available on line at oregonstate.edu/lincoln/master_gardeners or by calling the Extension office.

But if you want that information NOW! just keep reading!

March 26: Growing Potatoes and Onions
A free Round Table discussion, “Growing Potatoes and Onions” will be held in the Newport Library, on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is being led by gardening experts and is sponsored by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please call the OSU Extension Office, at 541-574-6534,ext. 57410, to reserve seating and assure adequate supplies.

April 9: Ornamentals and Native Plants for the Coast
A free Round Table discussion, “Ornamentals and Native Plants for the Coast” will be held in the Community Room at the Oregon Coast Community College, on Thursday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is being led by native plants specialists from Blake’s nursery, and is sponsored by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please call the OSU Extension Office, at 541-574-6534, ext. 57410, to reserve seating and assure adequate supplies.

April 23: Landscaping Plants for the Coast
A free Round Table discussion, featuring a Power Point presentation, “Landscaping Plants for the Coast”, by Patrick Osbourne, of Thompson’s Nursery, will be held in the Community Room at the Oregon Coast Community College, on Thursday, April 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.. This program is sponsored by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please call the OSU Extension Office, at 541-574-6534,ext. 57410, to reserve seating and assure adequate supplies.

May 7 Gardening in Containers
A free Round Table discussion, “Gardening in Containers” will be held at the Lincoln City Oregon Coast Community College, on Thursday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is sponsored and led by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please call the OSU Extension Office, at 541-574-6534, ext. 57410, to reserve seating and assure adequate supplies.

May 21: Gardening in Containers
A free Round Table discussion, “Gardening in Containers” will be held at the South Beach Oregon Coast Community College, on Thursday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is sponsored and led by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please call the OSU Extension Office, at 541-574-6534,ext. 57410, to reserve seating and assure adequate supplies.

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