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(someone's) native soil

The country or geographical area in which someone was born and/or raised. Though I've spent most of my adult life in London, it's always nice to return to my native soil of Shanghai, if even for just a few days.
See also: native, soil

soil (one's) hands

To partake in especially underhanded, illicit, or illegal work or activities. The public can't be allowed to think that I, a senate hopeful, would ever soil my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
See also: hand, soil

get (one's) hands dirty

1. To do hard work, often manual labor. There is nothing more rewarding to me than getting my hands dirty in my garden. I really appreciate you guys getting your hands dirty and helping us move.
2. To be involved in something illegal or unseemly. Uncle Pete has been avoiding us ever since we discovered that he gets his hands dirty working for the mob. No one can know about my police record—I don't want people to think that I still get my hands dirty.
See also: dirty, get, hand

dirty (one's) hands

1. To partake in especially underhanded, illicit, or illegal work or activities. The public can't be allowed to think that I, a senate hopeful, would ever dirty my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
2. To do hard work, often manual labor. There is nothing more rewarding to me than dirtying my hands in my garden.
See also: dirty, hand

soil (one's) diaper(s)

To defecate into the diaper one is wearing. Primarily heard in US, Canada. Uh oh, I think Tommy just soiled his diaper. I'd better go change it. I just hope I don't live so long that I end up in some nursing home soiling my diapers.
See also: soil

soil (one's) nappy

To defecate into the nappy (diaper) one is wearing. Primarily heard in UK. Uh oh, I think Tommy just soiled his nappy. I'd better go change it. I just hope I don't live so long that I end up in some nursing home soiling my nappy.
See also: soil

spade up

To dig up and turn over soil or some body of soil with or as with a spade. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "up." You'll want to spade up the flower bed and mix in some fresh compost before sowing the new seeds. The ground was so full of stones and weeds that spading the soil up was an absolute chore.
See also: spade, up

get one's hands dirty and dirty one's hands; soil one's hands

 
1. Fig. to get closely involved in a difficult task. You have to get your hands dirty if you expect to get the gutters cleaned out.
2. Fig. to become involved with something illegal; to do a shameful thing; to do something that is beneath one. The mayor would never get his hands dirty by giving away political favors. I will not dirty my hands by breaking the law.
See also: and, dirty, get, hand, soil

soil one's diaper(s)

[for a baby] to excrete waste into its diaper. The baby soiled his diapers. I detect that someone has soiled his diaper.
See also: diaper, soil

spade something up

to turn over the soil in a garden plot with a spade. Please go out and spade the garden up so I can plant the potatoes and onions. I will spade up the garden when I have time.
See also: spade, up

dirty one's hands

Also, get one's hands dirty or soil one's hands. Do something shameful or illegal. For example, He refused to dirty his hands and give jobs to the big campaign donors, or Getting one's hands dirty by lying to the boss will be severely punished, or She would not soil her hands by cheating. This expression is a metaphor for literally defiling or soiling oneself. [Mid-1600s]
See also: dirty, hand
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This year's theme - "Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground" - centres on encouraging people to understand how crucially soil health is connected to our own health.
More than 80 per cent of the soil in the UAE is sandy.
In these models, a correlation of breaking up of organic carbon in the soil and soil respiration was assumed and first degree kinetic approaches were used in both models.
Generally, soil CO2 flux amount was measured in such studies.
Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the status of micronutrients (Zn, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo and Se) in soils and in some forage plants (Alfalfa and Corn) and their relationship with physico-chemical soil properties (texture, pH, EC, CaCO3, CEC and organic matter).
The soil and plant (alfalfa and corn) samples were collected from 10 farms.
Soil samples of polluted and unpolluted soils were collected before sowing and analysed for the physical(pH, EC, and particle size and chemical characters like N,P,K and organic carbon parameters) and microbiological properties by adopting standard procedures at Department of Agricultural Microbiology and Bio-energy and Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, PJTSAU, Hyderabad.
In this context of pot culture experiment having twelve treatments and followed statistical design in this treatment subdivided into three parts: polluted soil with supply of fresh water, unpolluted soil with supply of fresh water and unpolluted soil with supply of polluted water.
Honeycutt is just one of a rapidly expanding universe of farmers, agronomists, academics, consumer advocates, government officials, industry representatives and organizations that are shining an ever-brightening light on the vital role soil health plays in feeding our expanding global community.
One exception is soil sampling for residual soil nitrate-N.
It has been found that it is a product that helps the soil, feeds the soil, increases the fertility of soil improves the texture, improves the water holding capacity of soil.
Especially in urban areas, the essential role that soil plays to our everyday lives and to other living things on our planet is often underestimated.
If soil is too free-draining, the water and nutrients will leach away too quickly.
If it is crumbly and dark in colour and you can see some earthworms, lucky you - your soil is good.
Here, we show why organic matter is important, what it is, where it comes from and how the vineyard manager can build it up in soil.