Soil Grower Plan
Grow Your Own | Long-Term Soil Health
- Soil Test Translation
- Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations
- Multi-year Soil Grower Plan
- Cover Crop Calendar
- Problem Soil Action Plan
- Four individual phone or skype consultations
What it is
Do you want build soil health and your garden or farm productivity for years to come? Are you ready to grow a living system that takes care of itself, feeds you, and supports natural diversity? Do you have a particularly problem soil that requires some extra planning or attention?
The Soil Grower Plan delivers strategies that make long-term soil health a reality. With information from your soil test report, soil builder questionnaire, and one to two initial skype consultations, I customize a multi-year soil building strategy to address the long-term sustainability, productivity, and health of your farm or garden.
Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations will tell you exactly what amendments and fertilizers to meet your nutrient needs for the next three years. I’ll design these recommendations specific for you and based on the options are available in your area. The multi-year recommendations includes monitoring soil test reports and soil health observations over the years to adjust these recommendations as your soil keeps and retains more nutrients.
A three-year Soil Grower Plan will complement the Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations with a month-by-month breakdown of what management actions to take to build long-term soil sustainability. This includes a custom Cover Crop Calendar specific to your region and soil type. If you have particularly problem soils, it will also include a Problem Soil Action Plan. Follow-up skype consultations over the next three growing seasons will allow for tailored adjustments to the plans based on actual conditions in your farm or garden.
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 Grower Plan
A 3-year soil health building strategy, broken down with detailed month-by-month instructions to grow natural soil ecosystems that support long-term farm and garden sustainability and productivity. Annual follow-up skype consultations will tailor the plan according to actual conditions in your garden.
4. Cover Crop Calendar
Detailed instructions for what to plant, when to plant, and how to manage soil building cover crops specific to your region, soil type, and growing goals.
5. Problem Soil Action Plan
Guidelines and specific instructions for dealing with areas that need a little extra intervention.
6. Consultation Support
Four skype consultations and personal email support to help you put your plan in action, answer questions, and tailor the plan based on actual conditions for each growing season.
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.