Soil Builder Plan
Digging Deeper | Year-Long Strategies and Support
- Soil Test Translation
- Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations
- Year-long Soil Building Plan
- Two individual phone or skype consultations
What it is
Want to take soil building on your garden or farm to the next level? Interpreting your soil tests is a piece of the larger picture. But so are your goals and vision, past management of your site, the resources available to you, and the overall health of your soil.
With the Soil Builder Plan We work together to build a year-long soil building strategy that spells out the monthly actions you take to build soil health, productivity, and long-term sustainability. You’ll fill out a questionnaire about your soil building history and long-term goals. After a brief review, we meet by skype or phone to get more details and discuss any questions or problems that you have. I’ll take all this information and build a custom plan specific for your soil.
Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations will tell you exactly what amendments and fertilizers to meet your nutrient needs for the coming year, as well as how and when to add them. I’ll design these recommendations specific for you and based on the options are available in your area. Your customized, year-long Soil Building Plan will complement your Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations with a month-by-month breakdown of what to do on your garden or farm to optimize soil health. After receiving your plans, we’ll follow-up with a second phone or skype consultation where we discuss plan recommendations, your questions, and the next steps…
What you get
1. Soil Test Translation
I’ll decipher your soil test report, let you know what each section means, and point out what to watch over time.
2. Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations
Step-by-step instructions for when and how to add, capture, or keep nutrients with organic amendments and fertilizers. These are translated from your soil test report and customized for your own growing needs, long-term goals, and local availability.
3. Soil Building Plan
A year-long strategy presented as a month-by-month breakdown of what to do on your garden or farm to optimize soil health.
4. Consultation Support
Two skype consultations and personal email support to help you understand your site and the steps you need to take to build soil health.
What you need
A basic requirement for growing your garden or farm.
2. Goals and Vision for your garden or farm
You’ll answer questions about this in your questionnaire. And if you’re unclear, we’ll talk about it during your first consultation.
3. Soil Test Reports
…From a NAPT-certified lab. Don’t worry, your results probably are. You can check here to see if your lab is on the list. If you need a test, you can read how to take one here or contact me for help getting started. If you have multiple soil tests for your site, submit them all. If you have multiple years, send them on as well. I’ll be translating your most recent test, but all the information will help
4. Soil Building Questionnaire
I’ll send this to you with your order. The questionnaire is fairly detailed to give me a good idea of the health and fertility of your soils, bridging the gap of the soil test report. Plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour filling it out. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have all the details – we’ll work with what you have.
5. Time for a phone or skype session
Usually about an hour for each session.