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Soil Science for Gardeners
April 11 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday, April 11 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Online
Saturday, April 16 from 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.
Dr. Lois Berg Stack recently retired from her position as the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s ornamental horticulture specialist. In her role, she conducted applied research on plants that support native bees and honeybees and the production of chokeberry as a nutraceutical crop. She also worked extensively with home gardeners on landscape topics such as management of invasive species and selection and management of Maine landscape plants.