Dive into the chemistry of the soil, and attain greater knowledge of how to get the most out of your growing space. Together, we will realize how the flow of water, and the way it transforms in the landscape, is the key to life in the soil. We will also explore the uncanny parallels between humans and plants which can help us make more instinctive decisions in the garden. When we get to the bottom of the science of how soil and plants operate, we can make more informed decisions on how to treat them. Much of the science about soil remains unknown, but recent breakthroughs on the subject have empowered us with the tools to nurture the landscape (and the soil) in a way that stores more carbon, holds more water, and allows plants to reach their greatest potential.
Sanjay Gupta is a Pasadena-based hugelist and resident farmer at The Urban Homestead. He currently plants trees and all kinds of plants for local residents, with a specialty in fruit trees. Having visited more than a hundred backyards in the region, he has observed trends in how people misunderstand the landscape as it relates to plant selection, watering, and soil. Acknowledging that water is becoming more and more scarce, Sanjay’s mission is to empower his clients and all citizen gardeners with the science-based gardening practices that lead to healthier plants with less watering.
Outside of brewing heaps of compost at The Urban Homestead in Pasadena, Sanjay is also a certified hugel instructor with Poly/Ana and works at Fig Earth Supply, an all-edible nursery in Highland Park.