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Gardeners to Host Workshop on Soil

A gardening workshop organized by Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) will take place from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

The subject of the free event, which will be led by Alameda County master gardener and soil scientist Marion Adams Yoxall is the Dirt on Dirt: Soil Science and Soil Fertility Basics for the Home Gardener.

This lecture will include a discussion of:
- Where soil comes from, what it is made of and how it is formed;
- How to find information about soil on the Web;
- How to determine soil texture and how texture affects plants;
- Soil biology basics and how “the bugs” affect fertility and tilth; and
- Strategies to improve fertility and tilth with tillage, amendments and fertilizers.

ABG meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. They are free and open to the community.

The gardening group will celebrate its third anniversary with a fund-raiser, wet for 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Main Library.

Janet Levaux