Quick & Dirty Soil Starter Plan
Soil Test Translation | Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations
What it is
Soil tests provide critical information for the garden or farm, but they weren’t designed to measure nutrients available in living soils, managed with organic fertilizers and amendments. The Quick and Dirty Soil Starter Plan can bridge the gap. With a little information from you, I can interpret your test results with information about the organic and living component of your soil. You provide me with the soil test report from your lab and answers to a brief questionnaire. I transform them into a Soil Test Translation report and step-by-step, custom Whole Soil Fertility Recommendations that tell you exactly what organic fertilizers and amendments you need to add and when you need to add them to give your soil and plants the nutrients they need… Read More
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
I’ll provide step-by-step, customized instructions for what organic amendments and fertilizers you need to add to meet your soil nutrient needs.
What you need
A basic requirement for growing your garden or farm.
2. Soil Test Report
…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.
3. Quick and Dirty Questionnaire
I’ll send this to you with your order. It takes about 15 minutes to fill out and gives me information about the organic and living component of your soil that I can’t get from the test report.
Why Test Soil
Want to start with the soil? Get a soil test, of course.
So you’ve sampled. You’ve sent the test off. You’ve paid for a soil test. You get the report. Now what?
Cutting to the chase, you turn to the test report recommendations
Do you really want to add 100 lbs per square foot of nitrogen? What does that mean anyway? And what about all that manure you added last year?
Unfortunately soil test results are tricky to interpret. Why? Soil tests were designed to pair with chemical fertilizers. They don’t measure the nutrients available in organic matter, those from live cover crops, or those tied up in the living and dying cycles of billions of fungi, bacteria, and other soil life. The fertilizer recommendations that show up on a test report, therefore, aren’t very useful for those of use relying on soil building techniques.
…Nevertheless, until better tools are invented, the soil test is still a standby that gives us a starting point in knowing how, what, and when to add nutrients to our soils. They just need some translation for whole, living soils.