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From the Soil UP
GPMGA HOPE Soil Team, Part I
Craig explaining the Jadam process for boosting soil organisms
Don discussing the benefits of "green mulch" as ground cover
Dudley showing an easy way to make your own organic tea fertilizer.
Katrina preparing her exhibit of cover crops.
Audrey demonstrating the development of compost through three stages.
Laura highlighting the advantages of no-till gardening
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Regenerative Gardening

For an inspired introduction, check out this video by Jimi Eisenstein: 

Sustainable vs. Regenerative Gardening. Sustaining simply means maintaining what exists, while regenerative means improving your garden.

Natural life in the soil: Did you know that there are more microorganisms in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on the earth?  Some of these participate in carbon sequestration.

Goals of regenerative gardening:

    1.  Draw down atmospheric CO2

    2.  Rebuild topsoil 

    3.  Provide both drought & flood resilience


    1.  Minimize Soil Disturbance

    2.  Maximize Plant Cover

    3.  Embrace Biodiversity 

Practical applications for gardeners

    Cover the soil:

        Cover crops, Ground covers

    Feed/nurture the soil:

        Compost / Organic material

        Hügelkultur / Chop-and-drop 

    Avoid disrupting the soil:

         No till / Cut (not pull up) 

    Cultivate deep roots:

        Natives / Other perennials

    Energize with diversity:

        Companion planting /Crop rotation/    

        Mixed cover crops

For further inspiration to engage in regenerative gardening, check out this video from “Kiss the Ground.”

Watch for the HOPE Soil team's next program in fall 2023.

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Photo credit: Virginia Cooperative Extension Soil Information Program
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