Soil Building with Michael Inaba
We had a wonderful Soil Building workshop in the City of Ojai Community Demonstration Garden last weekend.Mike Inaba started out by giving us a little geology lesson, using Les Dublin's workshop publicity photo to illustrate how soil is made.Then he demonstrated a simple method to determine the kind of soil one has, with a little help from some volunteers.Here's the recipe—just add water to soil in a jar, shake for a minute, let it settle for a few hours and observe the layers of sand, silt and clay. As usual, Mike kept the audience entertained with amusing anecdotes sprinkled throughout his informative talk. Participants learned all about soil structure, texture, and organisms.Mike used some nearby garden soil to help illustrate soil texture. Finally, Mike showed us some soil amendments that can be useful for local gardens, such as organic cottonseed meal and gypsum.Everyone came away with a better understanding of the soil building cycle and why we need to protect our soil. Photos by Les Dublin.