As sure as the foundation is crucial for a solid home, the foundation for a successful garden is good soil.

Dirt is the stuff under your fingernails and that which you sweep up after cleaning your floors. But soil is a rich, diverse and living medium from which vegetation grows profusely and produces abundantly.

Cary Sims is the county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is cw-sims@tamu.edu.