Topic: everything you always wanted to know about soil as it pertains to growing native plants but were afraid to ask – or more likely just did not know you need to know. Understanding how soil is naturally formed and then affected by human alterations can make the difference between a successful native plant gardening/restoration project and a disappointing patch of weeds. Should you add fertilizer to the soil? compost? roto-till it? Come learn the answers to these questions and much more. (for a related article, check this out: http://discover.umn.edu/news/environment/boosting-nutrients-gives-leg-invasive-species)
When: Wednesday September 23, doors open 6:30 for socializing and set up, 7:00 – 8:15 PM presentation + Q & A
Where: Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth
Who: The presentation will be by John Pastor, who received his Ph.D. in Forestry and Soil Science in 1980 following an MS in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did post-doctoral research in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been a Senior Research Associate at NRRI since 1984, Professor in Biology since 1996, and Director of Graduate Studies in Biology since 2000. His research and scholarly interests include the structure and function of northern ecosystems.
This presentation is free and open to the public, though non-Hartley members are encouraged to consider placing a contribution in the donation box near the front desk.