Soil Secrets exposed at the Smithsonian!

We’ve known for a long time there’s lots of interesting things in topsoil!  But now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History is doing an exhibition all about it. Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, is a new exhibition which explores the amazing world of soils…all around the world.  Check out the details of this exhibit.  It’ll be around until January 3, 2010 so there’s a lot of time yet to make the trip.

Fun in the mud!The exhibition features information on soil composition and why it is the way it is… How cultures have evolved based on the soil composition in their native lands…. Different ways cultures have used soils in their civilization: bricks, blocks, pottery, even mud baths! There’s even a whole segment on fun facts like: There are more living creatures in a shovel-full of rich soil than human beings on the planet. Soils are teeming with life!               Get Soil Savvy is a cool part of the exhibit that uses pictures and video to show the importance of soils in land management and conservation.   Check out more ways to get soil savvy.

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One Response to Soil Secrets exposed at the Smithsonian!

  1. Daiane says:

    Compost Happens is a great website. At one point aseervl years ago, I was determined to open a wholesale nursery and had saved quite a bit of money to purchase an existing nursery. However, compost happens.Anyway, great pictures of the garden. That’s a lot of work when all you have is hand tools. I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a couple of years. Our neighbors did something similar to this a couple of years ago and now the little patch they have is a cornucopia of vegetables, delphiniums, poppy, squash, tomatos, and beauty.Pick up a little tiller next year at your local equipment rental place if you feel like making quick work of the soil. Should only cost about $50 for the day but you’ll only use it for about 10 minutes and you’ll have deeply tilled silky smooth dirt to work with and the plant’s roots will thank you. Roots is where its at.

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