Soil Samples at Ramona

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Okay, let’s talk soil. Did you know the Earth is the only known planet that has soil on it? As we know from living on this rotating, orbiting sphere, soil is important for life. With soil, vegetation can grow. Without plants, the air would not be clean, the topsoil would wash away and, of course, there would be no food for the consumers (animals). Life would not exist without soil.

Soil is not the same thing as dirt. My students researched this today through exploring the colors, textures, properties, and feelings of two samples from the garden (one from the pathways and one from the beds).

The kids concluded that dirt is generic and filled with lifeless things like rocks and bits of trash and pieces of wood. It feels bumpy and hard and falls through your fingers when grabbed.

Soil, on the other hand, is full of life. It is composed of dark-colored, soft, small materials that are teeming with healthy properties for plants and animals to live. In this sample, the kids found little critters like rolly pollies, worms, centipedes.

When asked which sample the kids would prefer to grow in, all of the kids chose the soil over the dirt sample. I was really proud of them for this correct deduction!

Okay, let’s talk soil. Did you know the Earth is the only known planet that has soil on it? As we know from living on this rotating, orbiting sphere, soil is important for life. With soil, vegetation can grow. Without plants, the air would not be clean, the topsoil would wash away and, of course, there would be no food for the consumers (animals). Life would not exist without soil.

Soil is not the same thing as dirt. My students researched this today through exploring the colors, textures, properties, and feelings of two samples from the garden (one from the pathways and one from the beds).

The kids concluded that dirt is generic and filled with lifeless things like rocks and bits of trash and pieces of wood. It feels bumpy and hard and falls through your fingers when grabbed.

Soil, on the other hand, is full of life. It is composed of dark-colored, soft, small materials that are teeming with healthy properties for plants and animals to live. In this sample, the kids found little critters like rolly pollies, worms, centipedes.

When asked which sample the kids would prefer to grow in, all of the kids chose the soil over the dirt sample. I was really proud of them for this correct deduction!

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.

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