soil amendments

Making happy, healthy soil

Kat Fox

Adding organic matter at the beginning, and regularly throughout the year, is the key to making happy and healthy soil.

Spring vetchling in flower (Photo by Judith Adam)

Earliest perennial pea

Judith Adam

Spring vetchling, an early perennial pea, is related to two other ornamental pea plants — scented, annual sweet pea and hardy sweet pea vine. Spring vetchling carries a swarm of silky pea flowers on erect 15-inch (38-cm) stems held above attractive, pointed foliage.

White Spruce cones, near Lacombe, Alberta (Photo by cj berry on Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)

Eccentric soil renovation with pine cones, rocks

Judith Adam

Cool days are here, and it’s time to address the more arduous tasks that we avoided in warmer months: soil renovation. My soil renovation strategy is to improve the drainage and oxygen content in the soil surrounding perennial plants.