The Down and Dirty: Soil Building Secrets for Greener Gardens

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Down and Dirty: Soil Building Secrets for Greener Gardens, Thursday March 9, 2017, 6:30–8:00 pm at North City Water District, 1519 NE 177th Street in Shoreline. Click for directions

How do you grow more productive, greener, and healthier gardens, with less time and money? The secret is in the soil: healthy, living soil, that is.

Join Ea Murphy, soil scientist and author of Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach, to unlock the secrets for bringing soils to life and grow naturally productive gardens.

In this class learn how to recognize healthy soil, feed and nourish the soil food web, and build soil fertility using natural strategies and techniques available to every gardener. Get down to the ground level for a soil-eyed view that will change the way you grow. Light snacks including fresh fruit, crackers and coffee/teas will be available.

This class is part of the Savvy Gardener series sponsored by the North City Water District.

Registration is required. Simply send an email or call the main office at 206-362-8100.

Ea (Elizabeth) Murphy
About the Presenter:

Ea (Elizabeth) Murphy is a soil scientist and author of Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach (Cool Springs Press, 2015). Her passion for growing food led to a master’s degree from University of California, Davis, where she researched the fundamentals of soil organic matter and sustainable ways to improve it.

She has worked on farms, with urban gardens, in environmental restoration, in agroecological research, and as a faculty instructor for Oregon State University Extension.

With twenty years of hands-on practical experience and the latest research in soil health to back her up, she shares the simple truth that to grow more, we need to do less.

She has shared the message of living soil with audiences across the country, including appearances on King 5’s New Day Northwest, WHYY’s You Bet Your Garden, and PRI’s Science Friday.

Based in Tacoma, Washington, Ea offers classes and workshops, one-on-one consultation services, and online soil and garden support and resources at her website.

One thing she believes: the future health of our planet depends on us all bringing soil to life, wherever we are.


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