Episode 88: What is Living in Your Dirt?

Meet the Expert: Kelly Bull, Horticulturist and Permaculture Landscaper

Kelly Bull, horticulturist

Kelly Bull is a professional horticulturist, educator, and permaculture landscape designer with an infectious love for plants and an endless fascination for soil. As owner of Kelly Bull Permaculture Design in Colorado Springs, she creates custom designs for backyard ecosystems that allow people to connect with nature through a thriving low-maintenance yet highly productive yard. In addition to design, Kelly also offers garden coaching sessions that educate others on how to grow and care for happy and healthy plants and soil.

You can find out more about Kelly here:

Website: www.kellybull.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/kellybull_permaculturedesign/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/KellyBullPermacultureDesign/




Be sure to check out Kelly’s awesome Gardening Tips on her You Tube page  

Here is a fun one to start with! 





Investigate the soil in your own backyard! Fall is a great time to see the process of soil-making in action. Can you find any insects that might be shredding the fallen leaves into smaller pieces to make it easier for the microbes to decompose them? Can you find signs of decomposers, like fungal mushrooms or mold? Any wiggling worms beneath the surface? Take pictures and let us know what you found! Wondering what you saw? Try using the iNaturalist App to help identify your creatures in question.

Bonus Challenge: Fallen leaves are an incredibly important habitat and food source for all the organisms of the soil food web. Spread the word to your friends and family that the best thing they can do to support the beneficial organisms living in their soil is to “Leave the Leaves”!

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Highlighted Book for this Episode! 

Plants Can't Sit Still book



Plants Can’t Sit Still  by Rebecca E. Hirsch, Mia Posada (Illustrator)







Book List: 

Outdoor School: Rock, Fossil, and Shell Hunting: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide
by Jennifer Swanson, John D. Dawson (Illustrator)

Experiments with Plants by Christine Taylor-Butler

Plant Growth by Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury


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