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Soil Secret Life

I trust at this point I’ve made you eager to go the Farm Show, keeping in mind you are there you will see the Master Gardener Exhibit. This year, Master Gardeners have endeavored to be an unmistakable nearness at the Farm Show.

As a major aspect of the Penn State show in the Main Exhibition Building, Master Gardeners from a few districts have cooperated to create a magnificent show, entitled “The Secret Life of the Soil.” You will see (and have the capacity to slither through) a 5-foot high worm burrow enriched with all the living life forms that live in the dirt. Make sure to take the children or grandkids!

What about some live frightening little animals? There will be vermicomposting takes care of set (also called worm treating the soil). On the off chance that you experience difficulty disposing of table scraps (leafy foods), this is the arrangement. Simply keep a container of redworms under the counter and sustain them your scraps—in a while, you will have compost—enough to nourish your houseplants and other little plants a relentless eating routine of improved soil.

A regular composting display will also be set up to give you examples of the various types of bins and containers that can be used for composting.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions (remember we have been involved for 2 years with the Backyard Composting program). Speaking of questions, Master Gardeners can answer all sorts of questions, and if we can’t answer on the spot we can get the answer for you.

Computers will be set up to print out instant information on a variety of topics. Do you know?

  • One teaspoon of forest soil contains these beneficial organisms:
    – between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria
    – several hundred yards of fungi
    – several hundred thousand protozoans
    – several hundred nematodes.
  • One cup of soil may hold as many bacteria as there are people on earth
  • It takes from 1,000 to 10,000 years to form 1 inch of topsoil.