Subject areas covered include soil formation and classification and the ways in which chemical, physical, and biological properties of soil affect plant growth. The course also examines issues related to soil temperature, aeration, organic matter, and tilth. Practices best suited to erosion control and nutrient management are explored. Students learn about soil testing and the most effective liming and fertilizing practices for sustainable management. The college, home gardens, and local farms are used in soil and fertilizer analysis.
3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week