Learn how to nurture the soil so it can sustain your plants. Gain an understanding of the cornerstones of soil chemistry: pH and its effects on nutrient availability to plants and the ionic exchange capacities of soil. Macronutrient cycles in the soil will be studied with emphasis on the complex nitrogen cycle and its importance to environmental and horticultural sustainability. Explore the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers and composted soil amendments. Students will perform an analysis of their own soil sample in class. In addition, study commercial soil tests and plant tissue tests as important tools in monitoring plant nutrition and health. Prerequisite: Soil Science I
Plaster, Edward J., Soil Science and Management, 5th Edition
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning, Inc.