Episode #24: Kickstarting Your Soil for Fruit Trees and Plants


Liz Stell, Author of “Secrets to Great Soil”

Your fruit trees and perennial crops are only as good as the soil they are planted in, so in this episode we chat to Elizabeth Stell, author of Secrets to Great Soil to learn soil care tips and tricks.

During the live show Liz answers listener questions and comments. The conversation continues on this post on OrchardPeople.com’s facebook page.

What you will learn about kickstarting your soil in this show:

  •    Why is it important to evaluate your soil?
  •    What should you check on your land before conducting a soil test?
  •    What are the disadvantages of using a roto-tiller on your soil?
  •    How can woodchips be used to amend your land?
  •    What is trench composting?
  •    What is pit composting?
  •    What is sheet composting?
  •    What are cover crops?
  •    How do you prune tree roots?
  •    How do fungal organisms help fruit trees grow?
  •    How can you create your own ramial compost? 
  •    What are some DIY-organic solutions to help amend your soil?

The host of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the award-winning fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com (GWA Silver Award of Achievement 2016) and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards (GWA Silver Award of Achievement 2014).  You can listen to previous episodes of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast at www.orchardpeople.com/podcast and you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast.

Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time and email your questions in during the show to instudio101@gmail.com. This show covers fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and arboriculture.

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