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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 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: soil

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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Edaphic factors controlling summer (rainy season) greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and CH4) from semiarid mangrove soils (NE-Brazil).
Seasonal Variations of Carbon Emissions in Uncultivated Soils.
Nutrient deficiency in plants and subsequently in animals is associated directly by the characteristics and nutrients status of the soils (McDowell et al.
Among trace elements, the low selenium (Se) content and availability in the soils are of concern (Eich-Greatorex et al.
1999) has been reported to be an effective, in situ, non-intrusive, low-cost, aesthetically pleasing, ecologically benign, socially accepted technology to remediate polluted soils (Alkorta and Garbisu, 2001; Garbisu et al.
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.
That's why the Institute was formed--to provide extensive investments in soil health research and to serve as a champion for soil health standards, measurement, and best practices that help safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of our soils.
This means the soils on every acre of land used for agricultural purposes need to be as healthy and productive as possible.
Early research has shown that many soils in California do not supply sufficient P to annual crops, and P fertilization has often been found to be highly beneficial (Jenny et al.
Human extract a lot of minerals and essential elements from soil but in return he doing nothing for it.
The EEA report, Soil resource efficiency in urbanised areas: Analytical framework and implications for governance, stresses the need for more research and mapping of the soils and their functions.
Soils with a low CEC have a low net negative charge and do not hold positively charged nutrients in the soil as well as soils with a high CEC.
And once you analyse your soil, you can find out how to improve it and what species will do best in your soil type.
This will therefore retain at holding on to nutrients, being less free-draining than a sandy soil.
Now's the time to start improving your soil to make sure your garden is healthy this summer