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Life after death: Recompose, a soil-based alternative to burial and cremation, moves closer to reality

Today, Recompose – which would convert human remains to soil – is still just a concept. But it’s approaching reality, with scientific testing done at Washington State University and legislative …


Warmer soil releasing more carbon, worsening climate change

A new study finds that even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse.


Guest Opinion: Morton Alexander and Chrys Ostrander: Keep sewage sludge off farmland

Old enabling legislation deemed biosolids a “beneficial resource” and mandated Ecology to promote its use, making the department a booster of this dubious practice rather than a credible regulator in …


Gardening: Earthworms play key role in soil health

In the process of pulling frozen branches and wood off the ground to get ready to cut I turned over an old piece of lumber and lo and behold up …


Gardening: Native plants help gardener work with home’s sandy soil

Sandy soil does not hold water or nutrients for very long, which means you have to water and fertilize it more frequently, and it makes establishing plants a challenge. Sandy …


In the Garden: First step is taking care of soil

How would you like to have a more productive garden with less work and expense? Have I gotten your attention?


Soil, composting keys to successful gardening season

Today’s topic can easily be summed up by this: If you take good care of the soil in your garden, it will take good care of your plants. Whether you …


Ben e ath ou r feet

Museum exhibits that feature planets and stars sell themselves. But soil? How do you get people excited about the stuff they walk on every day? Well, you can chat with …


Good compost will be active, cook through winter

Ever wonder what happens in your compost pile over the winter? While almost everything else in the garden is either dormant or flat out dead, the compost pile is still …


Free manure sometimes comes with price

The Craigslist ad was pretty straightforward: free horse manure without shavings, you load and haul. Something for free for a little effort; that’s a good deal! Or is it?


Flower show Saturday at SCC

Green grass made an appearance in my backyard this weekend. My cat is in seventh heaven because he finally has something to nibble on. The snow drops are blooming and …


Early spring best time to plant cool vegetables

The soil temperature in my garlic patch registered 38 degrees last weekend when I pulled the winter’s mulch off the bed. While the pale garlic tops looked pretty pathetic, the …


Try loosening soil rather than a complete turn over

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But when it comes to gardening, this old dog is always ready to learn something new. For years, I have …


Healthy soil essential for productive garden

It is the very foundation of our gardens and its fertility is absolutely critical to growing healthy, productive plants. But it’s something we gardeners often overlook. I’m speaking, of course, …