Soil Amendments, Ground Nesting Bees, Mountain Laurel and Finishing Compost

Emma and Nate are joined by Dr. Becky Sideman to talk soil amendments, from building soil health and using compost and manure to trendy amendments like biochar and mycorrhizae.

Soil amendments have the ability to transform soil health by adding organic matter, changing soil properties and ultimately improving plant growth. In this episode of Granite State Gardening, UNH Extension’s Emma Erler and Nate Bernitz are joined by New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Becky Sideman to share proven tips and solutions for using soil amendments to build and transform soil to support healthy and productive plants in the garden and landscape. The conversation brings up topics and questions bound to get gardeners of all experience levels thinking about amending soil in new ways. 
 
·         Featured Question: How to manage ground nesting bees and wasps
·         Featured Plant: Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
·         Closing Tip: Determining when compost is finished
 
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·         Purchasing top soil
·         Purchasing compost
·         Soil testing
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