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Welcome to our new site.  DoctorDirt.com started out as a personal web page back when everybody had to have a personal web page (before Facebook).  It has evolved from a page about my interests to a page only about soil.  As it has evolved, I realized the blog format was more appropriate for the content, so I have a new site. If you are looking for the Soil Facts page, check the tabs at the top of the page.

Since I have a degree in soil science, I wanted to have a resource about soil and its importance in the environment and other areas.  I’ll cover articles in the news about soil and other subjects about soil. My training is in the science of soil and water. My intention isn’t to promote a particular viewpoint on soil, farming, or gardening. My hope is that I can give you enough information, points of view, and resources so you can learn something and form your own opinions.

In my own garden, I fall somewhere between organic and non-organic but closer to the organic end of the scale.  I’m not above using pesticides but I try to exhaust other methods before I go the pesticide route. While I enjoy gardening, I’m mostly still at the beginning stages when it comes to practical experience. You’re welcome to learn along with me though. If you’re looking for expert gardening advice, my favorite resources are your local agricultural extension office and Margaret Roach’s A Way to Garden.

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2 comments to Welcome!

  • Mark

    I heard that cedar oil is good not only to spray in your yard for fleas, mosquitoes, and bugs, but that it can be sprayed on children as a retardant for sand fleas. Where can I get some of this and what is it priced at?
    Thank You
    Mark Munson

  • doctordirt

    Mark, sorry I haven’t looked for nor purchased cedar oil. I’m sure a google search (www.google.com) would turn up many options for purchasing.

    I know “natural” compounds are popular now but natural does not equal safe. While cedar has been shown to have some pest control properties, there is also evidence that it causes skin irritation and respiratory tract damage in rodents, birds, and other small animals. Oils such as cedar and tea tree are toxic to animals such as cats, whose liver can’t process these oils easily. There is also some evidence that it can cause cancers and affect reproduction. The volatile aromatic compounds in cedar oil are related to the active ingredient in moth balls. It’s these volatile chemicals that discourage moths. It’s wise to use any pest control product, whether natural or not, with care.

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