Allow me to let you in on a little Master Gardener Secret: We like to call “dirt” by a different name. Master Gardeners say “soil.” When I was doing my Master Gardener internship, anytime I accidentally spoke the word dirt I would be quickly reminded we don’t grow plants in dirt we grow our gardens in soil. I would find myself saying things like, “My diiiir… um soil is full of limestone.” Truly, this wording upgrade was the highest learning curve I faced in becoming a Master Gardener.
By now I hope you have realized I’m exaggerating a bit and speaking a little tongue in cheek. The Somervell County Master Gardeners do like to have fun with each other, and gentle teasing is often a part of the fun. MG interns are not spared from quickly becoming part of the groups’ playfulness.
Actually, there is a reason behind this unofficial wording. Soil is comprised of water, air, minerals, and organic matter. Soil is a living breathing, fascinating thing. Get your soil right, and everything else will follow.
February is a great month to get out and start checking in with your garden soil. Take your gloves off and dig in with your fingers. Crumble and sift it. Really look at it. Put it up to your nose and take a whiff! Whatever you chose to call it, close observation of your soil an important part of gardening.
Have I piqued your interest in Master Gardener craziness, fun, and the wonderful world of soil? Take a look below for information on the upcoming Master Gardener training. Deciding to join this wacky, wonderful, smart, and good looking group has been one of my better decisions. We would love to have you join us!
Somervell County Master Gardener