Workshop will examine mysteries of soil, compost in gardening
MU Extension will host a “Soil and Compost Advanced Training” from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.
That dark substance that supports the growth of our plants is infinitely interesting, says Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator, MU Extension.
“There are mysteries that we are only beginning to understand concerning the soil,” said McGowan. “What we do know is that the soil is a system, based on dynamic characteristics – chemical characteristics, physical characteristics, and biological characteristics.”
These characteristics are intertwined, and a healthy garden soil is a balanced system.
The soil and compost advanced training will investigate ways to evaluate the characteristics of the soil – chemical, physical, and biological.
Attendees are welcome to bring a soil sample to class for discussion and investigation. A special emphasis on soil organic matter and composting will round out the discussion.
This class will be taught by Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist for MU Extension. The class has a registration fee of $20 per person. To register, visit the gift shop inside the Botanical Center or call (417-874-2949).