I already have a dirty mind, but even more so when factoring in the new obsession with establishing a healthy garden. And it all starts with soil, earth’s protective “skin”.
Why should we care about soil?
“Soil is our planet’s epidermis. It’s only about a meter thick, on average, but it plays an absolutely crucial life-support role that we often take for granted.” – Dr. Donald Sparks, University of Delaware, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
I don’t typically think about soil in this context. Instead, the mention of the word evokes remembrance of the distinct fragrance of moist earth. I love the smell of it. I also recall a familiar sound: a shovel breaking into the ground during planting season; the scraping of metal against silt, clay, and rock. If you’re a gardener, you know what I am talking about.
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