Soil Testing for Fall
Fall is an excellent time to take soil samples, get the test results back, and make plans for next year's fertilization program which should begin for gardeners, farmers and landscapers in late winter before the spring growth begins.
Synthetic fertilizer recommendations are usually to wait until spring and the plants have begun to grow. That's not what we advise. Organic fertilizer feeds the soil - and microbes specifically. In turn, they feed the soil - the natural way. A very small investment in soil testing will result in recommendations for managing the fertilizer budget to maximize production at the lowest cost. Management by guessing can be a waste of money and nonproductive.
I recommend tests offered through Texas Plant & Soil Lab. TP&SL test can be utilized for horticultural, agricultural, garden, lawn and landscape applications.
TP&SL offers a full complement of tests for:
Plant, leaf & petiole (stem) tests
Heavy metals tests
TPS&L uses the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extraction Method which is accurate for any soil type. This method duplicates the natural extraction method used by plants in the ground. Plant roots excrete CO2 in combination with soil moisture to form a weak carbonic acid that solubilizes nutrients for root uptake. Accurate soil testing which duplicates the plant's actual nutrient extraction method is essential for helping achieve maximum production potential from crops.
The Natural Organic Warehouse (NOW) offers Test Packages from Texas Plant & Soil Lab which includes recommendations and solutions to maximize production, beauty and profit for those doing commercial growing. Once the test results are completed, NOW can help with product recommendations ranging from a single product up to a comprehensive, long term program. Order your test kit today or call 888.998.9669 for more information.
If you have any questions on this newsletter or any other topic, tune in Sunday 8am -11am (CST) to the Dirt Doctor Radio Show. The phone number for the show is 1-866-444-3478. Listen on the internet or find a station in your area. Organic Club of America Members can log in on Sunday mornings to see the Dirt Doctor's Live Broadcast.
Products for pest control, lawn and garden care are available in independent garden retailers that stock natural organic products and online at the Natural Organic Warehouse(NOW).
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