Great organic gardens start with great soil! Discover the physical and biological properties of soil, the difference between soil texture and structure, and how to test your soil. In this informative workshop, beginners and and green thumbs alike will learn how to improve soil structure by increasing the soil's organic matter content. We will discuss the intricate soil food web and its importance for material recycling. Additional soil building topics will include: * hot and cold composting * vermicomposting * sheet mulching * cover cropping After learning about organic soil cultivation from principles to practices, we will head out to Pollinate's demonstration garden to build a hot compost pile, start a vermicompost system and observe other soil building strategies at work. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Botanist Laura Nicoletti is the founder of the sustainable garden design company For A Greener Living, located in Mill Valley, California. A Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens. She is also a Marin County Master Gardener, and member of the Marin Master Gardeners Pruning Guild. She earned a certificate in Sustainable Landscaping from Sonoma State University and received her Permaculture Design Certification from the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA. A former chef and caterer, Laura is a native of Venice, Italy, and loves to use fresh ingredients from her edible garden in her cooking.
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