Yes, this is me with a mushroom growing out of my nose. I’m hoping the picture will make sense by the end of my story so bear with me! Let’s start with some science. Generally speaking, trees can grow tall because their wood is made up of a tough polymer called lignin. Lignin is made [...]

Return of the Rhubarb

The point of this blog post is merely to geek out about the return of rhubarb here in the Midwest. Ideally, I would be able to tie this excitement to soil health. And I can do this! As a perennial plant, rhubarb is a very important soil stabilizer. It prevents eager spring gardeners from tilling [...]

The Green New Deal: A Soil-Based Path Forward

Released today: FDR’s New Deal was a massive and transformative package of legislation that is still benefiting the United States despite decades of erosion by short-sighted politicians. Here are just a few of the most important things that came out of the original New Deal from 1933 to 1939: Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons [...]


December 5th was designated as international World Soil Day by the UN General Assembly in 2013. The date was chosen because 12/5 was the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who first sanctioned the event. Globally, on this day, we take time to recognize the vital importance of Earth's soil. Largely taken [...]

Winter Composting!

Burrr! Winter is here it seems. Plants are dormant, gardens are sleeping, but under the leaf litter there is still life busily working to recompose stored nutrients from the summer sun! In fact, Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Food Web Inc says that the greatest rate of decomposition anywhere on the planet is under a [...]