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By Sharon Bokan
Colorado State University Extension Boulder County 

Living Soil


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There is a whole system of vertebrates, invertebrates, insects, arthropods, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and other microorganisms that call the soil their home and support plant life.

One of the pleasures of spring is digging in the soil and that earthy smell, but how much do we really know about the soil beneath our feet? According to Leonardo DaVinci, "We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot." Although we've learned a lot since Leonardo's time, we still have a lot more to learn.

At the core of any property, and critical for plant growth, is soil. Soils store and release nutrients and water to plants for growth, and secure plant roots. Colorado soils are about half mineral from decomposed or eroded rock, with the remaining half...

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