Soil Science for Gardeners
April 14 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., online
Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Bosarge Family Education Center
Soil is a living matrix of chemical and biological interactions, and a fundamental understanding of soil science is critical when selecting well-adapted native plants or choosing amendments needed by native plant communities. In this two-day class for the ecologically-minded grower, students will gain an understanding of soil texture, chemistry, water-holding capacity, the biologically diverse life in the soil, and how these dynamic relationships can affect a plant’s health. Day one’s online lecture will set the stage for day two’s field-study evaluation and soil sample examination.
Suggested Reference: Soil Science for Gardeners, Robert Pavlis
John Jemison, Extension Professor of soil and water quality, develops educational programs to encourage growers and homeowners to implement practices that improve soil health and protect surface and ground water supplies. With projects like the Orono Community Garden, he teaches volunteers how to grow food, understand civic agriculture, and the benefits of local food systems. John’s agricultural research focuses on nutrient and weed management strategies to improve floral hemp and potato productivity, reduce risk to water quality, and reduce tillage to improve soil health and reduce production costs. He is a cooperating professor in the School of Food and Agriculture.