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Soil Fertility and Nutrient Cycling in Garden Beds & Home Landscapes

Oct 11, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT


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LeAnn Locher

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You don't have to leave it to luck when growing a garden when you know a soil's nutrient balance. Instead of crossing your fingers or throwing potentially unnecessary—or even harmful—fertilizers at the problem, you might consider taking a deeper look at your dirt. In this class, we will review how nutrients move through garden ecosystems, discuss the importance of soil testing, and learn about the ways to ensure your soil fertility is in balance, so that you can bet on your next crop’s success.

About the presenter: Stefan Seiter

Stefan Seiter grew up in Germany, where, after high school, he was in an agriculture apprenticeship program and worked on several farms. He completed his undergraduate coursework at the University of Hohenheim near Stuttgart, before coming to Oregon for his graduate studies. Stefan received his Masters and Ph.D from OSU-Horticulture working on research in soil nitrogen cycling, cover crops, and the integration of trees in annual cropping systems.

After graduation, Stefan worked for the NRCS and OSU Extension and led a nationwide program to develop soil health assessment tools. He continued his career as an Assistant Professor in the Sustainable Systems program at the University of Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania before serving as Agroecology Extension Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. In 2003, Stefan returned to Oregon to become Program Chair of the Horticulture and Crop Production programs at Linn-Benton Community College -- a position he held for 16 years.

Since the fall of 2019, Stefan serves as Senior Instructor and undergraduate student advisor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Oregon State University. Among other courses he teaches the course “Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems” which also covers the topic of this presentation.

About Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

This monthly zoom series offers education for the experienced gardener. Take your gardening knowledge to the next level with timely topics from gardening in a changing climate to techniques to extend your season. The closed-captioned webinars will be broadcast via Zoom and streamed via our Facebook page the second Tuesday of the month, at noon, February through November 2022. A listing of all classes in this series and recordings of the webinars are available on our website. This series is open to the public, and OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers receive 1 Continuing Education Credit for each class. You can take one, or take all. This webinar is being recorded and will be available to view on our website within two weeks of airdate.

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