Sam's Soil and Water Questions

After reading pages 1-5 of Home Gardener's Guide to Soils and Fertilizers - EB1971 answer these questions:

  1. What are peds (aggregates)?
  2. How are peds formed?
  3. Discuss or sketch the relationship among peds, macropores and micropores.
  4. What is soil compaction?
  5. What does compaction do to pore space?
  6. What are some causes of compaction?
  7. Sing the praises of organic matter. Or write down the praises of organic matter.
  8. Sketch and label a side view diagram showing the conditions described in the first two paragraphs of the 'Slope, Aspect, Depth and Water' section on page 4.
  9. Western Washington has a Mediterranean climate external arrow, which means summer irrigation for some plants. How does soil texture affect irrigation?
  10. What is "runoff"? Why is it bad? How do you prevent it?
  11. Tie together our wet spring, soil structure and soil management.