Interested in building soil through layering cardboard, compost and wood chips? Find out how in this post from the California Native Plant Society.
Enrich your soil naturally, prevent erosion, conserve water, close the loop, save money and fight global warming by composting and using compost in your garden. It’s perfect for farms, vineyards, gardens, yards and landscaping projects!
- Broadway Landscape Materials (American Canyon): (707) 388-3129
- Castle & King Rock & Ready Mix (Vacaville): (707) 446-2434
- Dixon Landscape Materials: (707) 678-8200
- Napa Recycling & Waste Services: (707) 255-5200
- Vision Recycling (Benicia): (510) 429-1300
- Valcore (Vallejo): 707-645-8258
Organic Soil Products and Amendments:
Natural and organic soil products can include potting soils, coco coir bricks, worm castings, bokashi, pumice, compost tea and liquid and dry microbial products.
- Harmony Organics (Benicia): 707-747-5051 [Mention Sustainable Solano when placing your order, and we’ll receive a donation for each purchase in your honor!]
Using wood chip mulch in your garden is a great way to prevent water evaporation and build healthy soil!
Get to Know & Nurture Your Soil
Videos and Articles:
Why Communities should invest in Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Sponge – article by Didi Pershouse
Put Carbon Where it Belongs video with Elaine Ingham and Christine Jones
Soil Triangle Practice – video
Soil Food Web Institute – website for Dr. Elaine Ingham
Root Shoot Soils – website for biological soil analysis
A & L Western Agricultural Labs – Conventional Chemical Soil Analysis
The Hidden Half of Nature, Anne Bikle and David Montgomery
Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway
Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva
Ecological Medicine, Didi Pershouse
For the Love of Soil, Nicole Masters
Secrets to Great Soil, Elizabeth Stell
Bokashi Composting, Adam Footer
- Lacto-Serum Inoculant Recipe
- Dilute at 1 – 2 oz per gallon of water to apply
Resources provided by Vital Cycles
Did you see the Kiss the Ground film on how healthy soil could be the cure for climate change? Learn more in this discussion on the important role of regenerative agriculture with Matthew Engelhart, who uses regenerative practices at Be Love Farm in Vacaville, and his son, Ryland Engelhart, who is co-founder and executive director of the Kiss the Ground nonprofit and a producer of the film.
Learn about the benefits of no-till gardening for your soil and your plants. Rachel Brinkerhoff of Dog Island Farm and Grow a Pear Nursery led this informative class on seasonal gardening and no-till practices.
Learn how to create an edible, waterwise food forest garden in this series of short, informative videos, including sheet mulching and healthy soil! You can also find the videos individually here.