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Saving Topsoil at Home and on the Farm

Gardeners can grow soil value as well as great food!

The United States is losing an average of 1" of topsoil every year. That doesn't sound catastrophic -- but let's put it into perspective. We only have a few inches of topsoil ...and all life depends on it.

Topsoil ensures nutritious food for our tables, encourages lush growth so that insects and diseases are controlled, and increases harvests naturally, so that chemicals such as fertilizers and insecticides can be minimized...and thus kept out of our groundwater.

And plants clean our air and groundwater.

It's easy to take food, air and water for granted, but they are rather important to our quality of life!

For more depth about soil conservation, check out these fascinating online resources:

Natural Resources Conservation Service:

National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory:

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Striking cannas with striped leaves create a focal point for a border garden or a dark corner. Their perennial root growt and deep soil penetration makes cannas good choices for soil control in some locations. Canna Tropicanna Gold by Tesselaar


There is nothing that feels as good as wiggling your toes is soft topsoil on a warm summer day! The feel, the smell! And as plants grow out of this common treasure, we also taste the value of quality topsoil.


Soil is a thin film of nutrients found on the surface of our earth. This delicate, thin resources is more precious than gold or platinum even though it "feels" like it is commonplace and abundant. What role does soil play in your everyday life?


How can you protect and restore the soil in your own yard -- or your neighborhood?


What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.

For more articles about CONSERVATION & GARDENING

When is a plant a weed?
Saving Topsoil
Controlling Slugs and Snails
California Heritage Gardens
Walk Gently with the Earth
Weather and Temperature are Linked to Landscaping