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Database Articles

Science in Context  database articles can provide some background information for you about what nutrients are needed for plant growth.

Student Resources in Context is a general purpose database. These articles can also be used for background information.

All About Growing Kale and Collards from Gale's Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture database.

It's Time for the Growing of the Greens also from Gale's Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture database.

#1 Expert shares: organic potato tipsthe full scoop on successfully growing and storing spuds.


Video Segments

Why Soil Matters briefly discusses the importance of fertile soil. GOOD, SHORT VIDEO FOR EVERYONE TO WATCH.

The Role of Acids and Bases in Soil is a video about why farmers sometimes add ammonia to soil and the effect is has on pH.  USE YOUR ORHS USERNAME AND PASSWORD TO LOGIN TO DISCOVERY EDUCATION.

Plant Nutrition is a video about nutrients found in soil that are necessary for healthy plant growth.

Soil Test - pH and NPK Nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium is a video describing how J&J Acres, a hobby farm, tested its soil chemistry.

Composting from National Geographic.

The Perfect Compost Recipe How to Get Your Compost Heap Cooking!

Helpful Websites

  • Soil Fertility
    This is a page on the Soil Science Society of America webpage. It is a good place to learn about what nutrients are needed for healthy plant development and what happens to plants when there is a lack of that nutrient.
  • Plant Nutrients
    This site has a page that describes the basic elements of plant nutrition and another that discusses why and how to take soil samples.
  • Periodic Table of Crop Nutrients
    Super cool site on plant nutrition. Keep in mind that it is sponsored by a fertilizer company.
  • Soil Nutrient Management
    This site, published by the University of Hawaii, discuses the various macronutrients essential for plant growth. Use the "next" button at the bottom of the page to see more detailed information about each nutrient.
  • Plant a Seed Watch It Grow
    This site, published by the Sand Diego Master Gardener Association, has some good information for you. The link will take you to the "soil management" section of their site.
  • Nutrient Concentrations
    From the University of Wisconsin, this table lists typical nutrient concentrations that support plant growth.
  • Plant Nutritional Needs
    This webpage, from Colorado State University, talks about a plant's need for nutrients and symptoms of nutrient deficiency. Scroll down for information about plant nutrition.
  • Sample test results page
    This document demonstrates how to read a soil test report.
  • Soil Testing
    This document discusses soil testing, sopecifically how to get a good sample to test.
  • Fertilizing Vegetable Garden Soils
    Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet
  • Vegetable Growing Guide (from Cornell University)
    You can check on potato and green soil requirements on this site.
  • How to Grow Collard Greens
    A website article.

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