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Soil Testing Made Simple

Oct 03, 2019
 

It's true: I used to drag my feet every year before forcing myself to get a soil test.

Over the years, we've come to love soil testing as an incredible tool to build our soil, decrease our susceptibility to pest insects and disease as well as increase our yields.

Here's the way I think about it:

If you're partying on a pontoon boat above the Great Barrier Reef, you're missing the party. 

Grab your snorkel!

And get your soil tested.

Only then will an immensely beautiful and infinitely complex world begin to take shape around you. Your world-view --- and your garden --- will never be the same.

We're sending in our soil samples now!

And Friends, if you've got 20 minutes and $20, I suspect you'll find too that soil testing is both easy and endlessly illuminating. It's one of the simplest ways to ensure you'll be surrounded by beauty and abundance all season long, for many seasons to come.

I'll share how, when and why we test our soils, but first:

When I First --- Truly --- Saw...

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6 Easy Seeds to Direct Sow in June (& How to Transplant, If You Must)

May 31, 2018
 

Once final frost has come and gone and the nights are consistently above 50 F, the soil is finally warm enough for the crops that thrive in the heat of summer. 

Some of them, like tomatoes and ground cherries, absolutely must be started 6 to 8 weeks prior to final frost to have any chance of surrounding you with abundance in short seasons.

Others, like basil and cosmos, will surround you with abundance whether you transplant or direct sow them.

Here, friends, are the crops whose fragile, sensitive root systems despise being transplanted. When direct-sown, they'll grow faster and fruit earlier, increasing your harvests significantly. (If you must transplant them, be sure to follow the tips on peat/cow pots and soil blocks at the bottom of the list.)

 

1. Cucurbits

A brush up on botanical Latin! The Cucurbit family classically sprawls and is slightly spiny, including everything from summer squash to winter squash, cantaloupe to cucumber. 

As you're...

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