The pigs turned over our and to create a deep soil and fertilized as they went

Power of the Pig: Natural Tillers of Soil

By Cathy Finley When my husband and I purchased a plot of land in Langley in 2013, we ran into a problem that thwarted our farming plans almost immediately: there was no topsoil here—it had been quarried decades ago and never remediated. Our neighbour embarked on a program with Environmental …

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NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission

When you think of NASA, images of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s space boots touching down on the moon usually come to mind. But as of 6:20 a.m. PST on Jan. 31, 2015, NASA’s focus now includes the soil beneath a different pair of boots—right here on Earth. NASA’s first …

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The Burning Question: Can Used Bedding Make Money?

Anyone who works in B.C.’s poultry industry is aware that a creative, cost-effective disposal solution is required for the excess volumes of used poultry bedding accumulating from the over 100 million chickens and turkeys produced annually. Finding a way of turning this abundance of bedding into a valuable resource is …

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Soil Seminar with Healthy Horses

You are invited to attend the upcoming soil seminar and find out how the health of our soil is connected to the health of our horses…and us! Please see the attached poster for more information.      

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Vermicomposting

Worm Your Way into Composting Heaven Many of us like the idea of composting but don’t have the yard space to make it happen (I’m looking at you, apartment dwellers!). Luckily you can make your own black gold in the comfort of your own home with nature’s master composters: worms. …

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5 Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

There’s a reason why herb gardens are often called ‘kitchen’ gardens. Firstly, they can be grown right in your kitchen, indoors, any time of year! And secondly, it seems natural for cooks and gardeners to want to grow the freshest plants possible for their culinary experience. The best part is …

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Sifting Through the Soil

A Simple Soil Science Test You can help your soil support your plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawns by learning what it is made of. Testing your soil involves a simple do-at-home science experience that you can complete in an afternoon. Like many gardeners, I tend to focus my efforts …

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Mulch Matters

The Benefits of Gardening with Mulch One of the easiest ways to ensure success in your garden, especially a vegetable garden, is to incorporate mulching into your garden preparations. This doesn’t have to break the bank, but it will provide you dividends in the abundance of vegetables you will harvest …

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