Outside Looking In

As learned by Doreen

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    Soil: It is Not Just Dirt

    Doreen Maurer ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Gardening has always been something I wanted to be successful doing, and I have tried.  In fact, several times with little to no success.  I would either have an overgrowth of plants with little production or no growth at all.  I have tried starting my plants inside, (this is another tale that I hope to share later), but right now, I am going to share my eye opening, newly-obtained knowledge regarding soil.  As shared in my last article, I lived in a world where dirt and soil were the same.  I believe my gardening fails have been due to a lack of knowledge regarding soil health. …

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    Backyard Habitat for Birds

    Doreen Maurer ZANESVILLE, Ohio- What is a backyard habitat?  Most backyards already have what it takes to encourage some wildlife to visit, but little additions can bring specific wildlife to your backyard.  Let’s say birds are what is needed to bring your backyard to life.  What could be done to make this happen? All living things need food to survive.  When creating a sustainable backyard habitat for birds, the food source is a major decision maker.  No food, no life.  Staying close to what nature provides is the best choice when establishing a food source.  Bird feeders are a fun and easy way to provide food for birds and allow…

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    A Few Thoughts from the Newbie

    Doreen Maurer ZANESVILLE, Ohio- I am fairly new here at Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) and have learned a lot about how important the work done on Underwood Street is for our community.  I was hired as an administrative assistance, but in a short time, I have developed a great love for conservation and its importance.    I started with no agricultural background.  I quickly learned that there is a huge difference between soil and dirt.  I shared with my new-found friends at MSWCD that I didn’t like to touch dirt; it was never on the top of my list of what I would like to get my…