Soil is an incredibly important part of gardening, providing our plants an anchor, water, and nutrients. Because soil type and quality varies based on our location, topography, and many other variables, knowing how to make the most of your soil will help you to succeed as a gardener! Learn content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way.

Learning objectives include 

  • Describe the basics of how soil is formed and what this means for Minnesota soils
  • Explain soil composition, texture, structure, soil organic matter and relate these properties to soil quality
  • Define pH and its significance to plants and soil health
  • Identify essential nutrients required by plants for growth and the significance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to plants
  • Describe fertilizer options available to gardeners and best management practices for application
  • Explain how to get a soil test and interpret soil test results
  • Describe the benefits of using compost and the basic requirements for creating compost.

How it Works

Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2020 growing season.

Course contact

Laura B Vogel, 240-270-2477, lbvogel@umn.edu

Registration questions

Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

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