Field vs. Garden Soil

The sample on the left (F) was collected from a grain field, and the one on the right (G) was collected from a home garden.  Both sites are in the same area, within 1km of each other. The samples were prepared the same way, then left undisturbed for about a week.

I don’t know anything about the field soil in terms of how it’s maintained, soil type, etc. I know the soil is heavy and sticky, with a lot of clay. It has a kind of anaerobic, ammonia-like smell to it.

The garden has been maintained organically for many years, and from past analysis I know that this soil is rich in organic matter and microscopic life. The owner of the garden treats her soil with good compost every year and consistently brings in a nice harvest. There is also a good community of macro life in the soil, such as insects and worms.

The question is.. Why is the field sample so murky while the garden sample settled crystal clear? What does this mean about the soil, it’s physical structure, and most importantly its ability to support plants?

I know the garden soil is good, so does that mean this murkiness or clarity could tell us something?

I’ll research into this a bit more and see if I can learn anything.


I think I’m used to a different kind of winter

It’s not even Easter yet and Southern/Eastern Norway has already forgotten how to Winter.

OsloMarchStormA few inches of snow and some wind, and the city is basically paralyzed. Traffic is backed up, people are getting stuck, and even the trains are struggling.

I hate to be that “meh, I’ve seen worse” person, but come on Oslo, it’s not that much snow. I totally understand this reaction when cities that don’t usually get snow have freak blizzards, or early in the winter when people aren’t quite prepared for it.. but this is happening right after winter, it’s only March!

If this happened at home in mid April nobody would bat an eye. Sure they would whine and groan but they wouldn’t be stuck in the ditch. And they certainly wouldn’t be calling the police to complain about it.

Norwegians are too optimistic for their own good… and Canadians maybe a bit pessimistic, but at least they prepare for the worst.

I guess many people were lured into a false sense of summer with the nice weather in the last few weeks. Sure it’s been dry and sunny, but I had a good feeling that it was all a lie. It’s always better not to trust nice weather in March. Many people here saw the sun and the green grass starting to come up, and optimistically changed their tires, thinking that winter weather was long gone. The city has already refitted their maintenance vehicles for summer.

I like the optimism, but maybe some Canadian pessimism could be useful here. Always wait until at least Easter before even thinking of changing your tires.

More pictures of the “snow chaos”: