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Myco what?

By Paula Henson  What is more effective than roots in absorbing nutrients and water? What has occurred naturally in the soil for over 450 millions years? What is the biggest symbiotic association on Earth? You probably can’t spell it and you might not know how to say it, but plant and soil enthusiasts are finding that mycorrhizae [...]

By | January 27th, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Myco what?

Talk of Biochar is Heating Up

By Paula Henson As destructive as slash-and-burn farming has been, it’s more environmentally friendly cousin “slash-and-char” agriculture (dating back to the Amazon basin in 450 AD) seems to have provided a gold mine of sorts right beneath our feet. Literally. Plant material was burned in such a way (lower temperatures and lower oxygen levels) that [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Talk of Biochar is Heating Up

It’s Raining! ECLWRF Infiltration Works!

Here's a quick update to the post originally posted on 12/23/09.  The garden has been renovated in November 2014, but the infiltration still is working as designed. Rain cells designed to infiltrate storm water from the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility roof From December 2009:  It's raining pretty steadily today, so we [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|Case Studies, TerraBLOG, Video|Comments Off on It’s Raining! ECLWRF Infiltration Works!

Is There Anything Living Soil Can’t Do?

Understanding the mechanisms utilized by Living Soil in sequestering carbon and holding/cleaning water. By Paula Henson Soil is that tireless friend that you can never thank nearly enough when it bails you out of a jam. Store that excess CO2 for millennia? Can do! Clean up that polluted water? Not a problem! How does soil [...]

By | January 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Is There Anything Living Soil Can’t Do?

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

To “see the forest through the trees” is a timeless idiom that simply means to be able to see the big picture, the overall patterns and outcomes at play, through all of the details. Thanks to the ground breaking work of researcher and Professor Dr. Suzanne Simard, we are able to “see” and understand the symbiotic [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Plants Suck!!! Carbon that is…

This interview with Mother Nature News and one of our Moderators, Kristin Ohlson gives a great synopsis of Kristin's Book "The Soil Will Save Us" as well as a great understanding of what is ahead of us and the future of farming. MNN: What’s the premise of the book? Kristin Ohlson: I think the big [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Plants Suck!!! Carbon that is…

Dirty Secrets of Soil: ‘Cows Save the Planet’

This is a great 15-minute clip we found on NPR with one of our moderators for the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit. "Journalist and Author Judith Schwartz profiles the work of Allan Savory, among others, in a new book called "Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth" [...]

By | December 1st, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Dirty Secrets of Soil: ‘Cows Save the Planet’

Do Trees Dream?

By Marianne Simon In a strip 4 x 8, they pile the dirt. And in the dirt they dig a hole. And in the hole they put a tree. It is a young tree, delicate limbs, thin bark, roots just beginning to spread. The box is split, the tree hauled out, and it is plopped [...]

By | November 5th, 2014|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Do Trees Dream?

California HOAs Must Allow Watershed Wise Landscaping

http://youtu.be/hMI4Lr4LMtw Thanks to Assemblywoman Gonzales from Chula Vista, CA, the sponsor of AB 2104, signed into law today by Governor Brown, California HOAs must permanently permit property owners to convert their lawns into California Friendly (Watershed Wise) Landscapes.  HOAs had been side-stepping legislation and local ordinances designed to promote drought-tolerant landscaping that utilizes climate-appropriate plants by making [...]

By | September 18th, 2014|TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|Comments Off on California HOAs Must Allow Watershed Wise Landscaping

Ocean Friendly Garden for Midtown Ventura Community Council

This last Saturday, September 6th, was the final work day at Loma Vista School on the Coastal California Native Garden. Loma Vista was this year’s school chosen for the Midtown Ventura Community Council Adopt-A-School Program and it was the biggest project done yet. Landscape architect and G3, Green Gardens Group, Associate Brian Brodersen, along with [...]

By | September 10th, 2014|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Ocean Friendly Garden for Midtown Ventura Community Council