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What’s Growing With Tom: Questions for the Soil Scientist

Welcome Back Northern Michigan. Theo Medendorp from Morgan Composting joined me for this week’s Ask the Soil Scientist segment.

I asked for questions from you on Facebook for Theo and my first one is from Chris Brower-Cook: my yard is turning into moss, a little more each year, and there’s no shade. What do I need to do to stop the moss from taking over the lawn?

Theo says it’s just a competition between the grass and the moss and the grass is really good at winning in the right condition so a lot of times moss is an indicator of something wrong with the soil.  So the best place to start is a soil test, send it into Morgan Composting, we’ll let you know what’s wrong and what you need to do to get rid of your moss and help your grass.

Nancy says her tomato plants have had some blossoms, but got hit by hail the other day and now they’re gone. Will she get more?

Theo says you should get more blossoms but it depends a little bit on the type of plant. Determinant variety tomatoes have a set number of blooms, so knocking those off, is a bad thing. With indeterminate plants, they will produce blossoms all year. So in some ways that can be a good thing, because they’re not putting that energy into the fruit right now, they’ll put that energy into the roots, you’ll get a bigger more vigorous plant, and it’ll produce more in the long run,

Christina says she has lots of weeds, what should she do?  The answer is you just need to get in the garden and weed.

The last question is from Jenna. She wants to know the difference between the Dairy Doo’s?

Theo says” so they all have their purpose, the original Dairy Doo is compost it’s designed for amending existing soil so we usually aim at about a quarter or a half-inch max worked into the soil. It’s not something you’d want to put straight into a pot by itself it’s, it’s nutritious compost. But that’s where our 201 and our 301 Come in. The 201 and 301 are potting soils so they can be planted straight into, There are some differences. The Flower Doo has a little bit of extra phosphorus that helps with some of the blooms, the Veggie Doo is a little bit more nutritious more than nitrogen and potassium which is better for vegetables. So yeah, they work really well in pots and raised beds, if you want to put some right in the hole in your garden while you’re planting, that’s where those fit really well.”

While the garden continues growing we are going to step out to the Food Plot the next few weeks.  I may be hard to believe, but we need to plant now to get ready for hunting this fall.