Test Your Soil

Author Ellen Vande Visse TEST your SOIL 1. Why? To know your soil’s chemistry pH levels (acidity or alkalinity) and adjustments NPK needs (nitrogen, phosphate, potassium) Ca, Mg, and trace element needs Proportional needs, that is, how much of what, or application rates. 2. Avoid expensive guesswork. Too much fertilizer can be as detrimental as …

Test Your Soil in the Fall

Author Ellen Vande Visse Test your Soil In The Fall Autumn is an Ideal Time Get a jump on spring. Do a soil test in the autumn. September is a great time to find out what nutrients your soil needs for the next growing season. Why? You’ll avoid the usual 2-week wait of spring soil …

Soil Testing Services

Author Ellen Vande Visse SOIL TESTING SERVICES Esp. for organic, ecological, & regenerative agriculture Your local Palmer Farm Research Lab, UAF has been closed permanently as of March 2016 ********** The labs listed below are ones I recommend. They specialize in ecological agriculture and holistic soil health. They provide sustainable growers more comprehensive test results …

7 Keys for Developing Wonderful Soil

Author Ellen Vande Visse 7 Keys for Developing Wonderful Soil While maximizing your farm’s carbon sequestration Sequestration is THE secret for developing highly structured soil. Paul Schneider, Jr. AG-USA Adapted from http://www.ag-usa.net/7keys.php Key 1 – Limit cultivation When soil is tilled, it disrupts all soil life forms, especially mycorrhizal networks. Mycorrhizal networks effectively : Sequester …

High Brix Gardens

Author Ellen Vande Visse High Brix Gardens Huh? Whassat? What’s “brix,” anyhow? Brix is a quick scientific measurement of the sugar levels of your vegetables and fruits. Brix is measured by squeezing 2 drops of plant juice on a cigar-sized instrument with a prism. You read a scale that tells you the sugar content. The …