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Soil Test Results! Are Compost, Worm Castings & Mulch Enough?-soil testing for the organic gardener

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Soil Test Results! Are Compost, Worm Castings & Mulch Enough?-soil testing for the organic gardener

Post  has55 on Mon 20 Apr 2015 - 15:33

one yard revolution got his soil testing results in. Has anyone else got their results in?

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Post  Windmere on Mon 20 Apr 2015 - 15:58

That was very interesting has55.  I'm going to look into our local extension and see what they have available (or recommend).
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Re: Soil Test Results! Are Compost, Worm Castings & Mulch Enough?-soil testing for the organic gardener

Post  yolos on Mon 20 Apr 2015 - 16:10

@Windmere wrote:That was very interesting has55.  I'm going to look into our local extension and see what they have available (or recommend).

Windmere - they will do a soil test if you drop it off at the extension office.  I asked someone if they did the test on a soilless mix and the person did not know.  So I have not done it yet.  I keep thinking about sending it up to the place Camprn keeps recommending but I never get around to it.
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Post  boffer on Mon 20 Apr 2015 - 16:14

@has55 wrote:... Has anyone else got their results in?...

Funny you should ask!  I submitted three different samples 2 weeks ago.  I'm expecting the results any day now.

Here's the results of samples I had done 3 years ago.

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t8673-mel-s-mix-lab-analysis-results
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confirming good soil life and testing for organic growers

Post  has55 on Tue 21 Apr 2015 - 9:56

I found this link. interesting info about the earthworms and soil testing. this info is for those who are organic gardener or SFG's thinking about moving toward that directions. I hope it's helpful and you can glean off some info that will make your SFGing more exciting this year.

checking soil life by earthworm count and soil testing

Soil Testing for Organic Gardeners-why the test results are different for organic growers

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Post  has55 on Thu 23 Apr 2015 - 11:55

It would be great if anyone can comment on these two articles below that are in the above posting. the others are just fun read. I'm interested to see if any one else look at the SFG soil from this view versus the analytical testing. 

checking soil life by earthworm count and soil testing

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Post  sanderson on Thu 23 Apr 2015 - 16:10

I've only been sfg for 26 months so I still have a lot of learning to do! But Soil Testing for Organic Gardeners sounds so common-sense. Organic matter seems to be so important that the rest kind of takes care of itself. I look at white mold totally different now.

As far as earthworms, 10 is a good number? I'll take their word at it. But what about the little red wiggler? In my beds with worm tubes or where I added a few and covered with piles of extra compost to store for the winter, I now find several in a handful. BB\'s happy face

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Post  has55 on Sun 26 Apr 2015 - 21:41

@sanderson wrote:I've only been sfg for 26 months so I still have a lot of learning to do!  But Soil Testing for Organic Gardeners sounds so common-sense.  Organic matter seems to be so important that the rest kind of takes care of itself.  I look at white mold totally different now.

As far as earthworms, 10 is a good number?  I'll take their word at it.  But what about the little red wiggler?  In my beds with worm tubes or where I added a few and covered with piles of extra compost to store for the winter, I now find several in a handful.  BB\'s happy face

thAt's a great amount red wigglers for a handful. I beleive the organic matter is the foundation for organic gardeners. i too look at white mold differently now.
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Post  sanderson on Mon 27 Apr 2015 - 0:56

I've been out of town visiting the kiddies. Brought back lots of banana peels and greens. Daughter even started saving before I got there! I feed the beds without worm tubes by digging little holes here and there and burying the food. They seem to find it.

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