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Succession and Weeds as Soil Builders by Mark Stumpf-Allen

January 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Why do some soils grow tomatoes while others grow weeds? Why did I rarely water decades ago and have great vegetables, but now I have a crust and have to water every week? Why do store-bought veggies have no flavour?

Soils are more than just sand, silt, and clay. They are also a complex web of biology and plant species that constantly interact to change and improve soil structure. Over time they unlock the nutrient potential of your soil. We will look at soil development over eons and let the last 4.3 billion years instruct us on how to manage our soil and choose the right amendments so we can grow the plants we love.

Mark Stumpf-Allen is an Instructor with the Organic Master Gardener Program (OMG). He specialized in Composting; Succession; Teas & Brews, Design &Construction

Mark been gardening for five decades and has made it his goal to build soil that will grow tasty and nutrient-dense food similar to what he enjoyed growing up. As Edmonton’s “Compost Doctor” (2008-2020) he helped countless families learn the basics of composting, compost teas, and soil building. Mark has delivered workshops for the City of Edmonton, the Town of Devon, the Strathcona Garden Club, and in smaller communities around central Alberta. He’s a Soil Builder and urban Carbon Farmer.

Succession and Weeds as Soil Builders by Mark Stumpf-Allen

Why do some soils grow tomatoes while others grow weeds? Why did I rarely water decades ago and have great vegetables, but now I have a crust and have to water every week? Why do store-bought veggies have no flavour?

Soils are more than just sand, silt, and clay. They are also a complex web of biology and plant species that constantly interact to change and improve soil structure. Over time they unlock the nutrient potential of your soil. We will look at soil development over eons and let the last 4.3 billion years instruct us on how to manage our soil and choose the right amendments so we can grow the plants we love.

Mark Stumpf-Allen is an Instructor with the Organic Master Gardener Program (OMG). He specialized in Composting; Succession; Teas & Brews, Design &Construction

Mark been gardening for five decades and has made it his goal to build soil that will grow tasty and nutrient-dense food similar to what he enjoyed growing up. As Edmonton’s “Compost Doctor” (2008-2020) he helped countless families learn the basics of composting, compost teas, and soil building. Mark has delivered workshops for the City of Edmonton, the Town of Devon, the Strathcona Garden Club, and in smaller communities around central Alberta. He’s a Soil Builder and urban Carbon Farmer.

Succession and Weeds as Soil Builders by Mark Stumpf-Allen

Why do some soils grow tomatoes while others grow weeds? Why did I rarely water decades ago and have great vegetables, but now I have a crust and have to water every week? Why do store-bought veggies have no flavour?

Soils are more than just sand, silt, and clay. They are also a complex web of biology and plant species that constantly interact to change and improve soil structure. Over time they unlock the nutrient potential of your soil. We will look at soil development over eons and let the last 4.3 billion years instruct us on how to manage our soil and choose the right amendments so we can grow the plants we love.

Mark Stumpf-Allen is an Instructor with the Organic Master Gardener Program (OMG). He specialized in Composting; Succession; Teas & Brews, Design &Construction

Mark been gardening for five decades and has made it his goal to build soil that will grow tasty and nutrient-dense food similar to what he enjoyed growing up. As Edmonton’s “Compost Doctor” (2008-2020) he helped countless families learn the basics of composting, compost teas, and soil building. Mark has delivered workshops for the City of Edmonton, the Town of Devon, the Strathcona Garden Club, and in smaller communities around central Alberta. He’s a Soil Builder and urban Carbon Farmer.

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Master Gardeners Association of Alberta
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