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Learn how to build healthy soil for your garden

Finished compost ready for the garden
Finished compost ready for the garden (Image: VPM)

Dig in for a closer look at the overlooked star of the garden - the soil! Learn about the composition of different soil types in the landscape and see why composting is one of the best ways to improve soil health and grow a thriving garden. Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger and Randy Battle share gardening tips you can use at home.


Peggy Singlemann talks to Karin Stretchko at Reynolds Community College about the ways soil can differ across growing sites and the importance of making frequent additions of organic matter.

Keith Nevison visits Black Bear Composting to talk with Eric Walter about what it takes to run a commercial composting facility and why composting is so great for the environment.

Virginia Home Grown Clippings airs at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on VPM. Episodes can also be seen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings on VPM Plus.

Virginia Home Grown is hosted by Peggy Singlemann, Director of Park Operations and Horticulture at Maymont in Richmond, and co-hosted by Keith Nevison, Farm and Natural Resource Manager at Bundoran Farm. Featured contributors also include Randy Battle, Allison Hurst, Jen Naylor and Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger.