New England

April, 2006
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Figuring Organic Matter Content
We all know that organic matter has loads of benefits for soil, but how do you tell if your soil has an adequate amount? Here's a simple test from soil biologist Elaine Ingham: Measure a pound of soil and let it dry overnight. Then add it to a bucket of water. The organic matter will float on the surface. Remove this material and weigh it, and compare that weight to the overall weight of your soil sample. A good proportion is about 3 to 5 percent organic matter.

Shows & Events

Garden Antiques & Specialty Plant Sale
The second annual Spring Fair at Blithewold, with garden antiques and a specialty plant sale, will take place at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, RI, on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Fair will be housed under three large tents, where more than 30 of the region's finest garden antiques dealers and 10 specialty nurseries will offer their wares. For more info, visit: http://www.blithewold.org/.

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