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From the Ground Up: Understanding Your Soil and How to Build a Healthy Underground Ecosystem

Participants will learn:

  • How to take and utilize the results of a soil test, and options for amendments.
  • The differences between sandy and clay soils, and how this impacts management.
  • How cover cropping, mulching, composting and no-till practices support active microbial communities and why this is important.

Presenter: Dr. Jeana Myers

Horticulture Extension Agent, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWake County Center

Dr. Jeana MyersJeana Myers has been the Horticulture Agent in Wake County since 2012 where she oversees a 170 member Extension Master Gardener℠ program and works with landscapers and farmers. She served in the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo then returned to North Carolina to get her graduate degrees in Crop and Soil Science. She and her husband intensively garden their 1/3 A near downtown Raleigh with fruits and vegetables, honey bees, water catchment, solar panels, ponds, and all kinds of backyard nature.

Presentation Slides

Additional Resources

Understanding the Soil Report (NCDA)

Ferritization of Lawns, Gardens, and Ornamentals

Plate Tectonics Video

What did Pangaea look like?

Plate Tectonics (History of Science)

Soil Geologic Map of North Carolina 

NC Department of Environmental Quality Geological Survey 

Web Soil Survey Maps by County

NC Extension Gardener Handbook Chapter 1: Soils and Plant Nutrients 

Soil Food Web 

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Division 

NC One Map

Determining Soil Texture by Feel