There’s more to soil than meets the eye

With a renewed interest in gardening, it's important to consider soil quality first. Southwind Extension offers a number of tools to help you get started.

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Lifestyle

April 21, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The recent renewed interest in gardening is exciting. I’m happy to see more people become interested in growing their own food. Gardening not only provides us with nutritious food, it is also good exercise and a great stress reliever. 

Whether you are new to gardening or have been gardening for years, you should think about your soil fertility levels. Just looking at your plants won’t provide the proper information. Soil fertility is something that cannot be seen, felt or guessed about. Even though some garden crops are already planted, it’s not too late to have a soil analysis on your soil.

A soil test reveals the base line nutritional values of soil. From this test, the type and amount of fertilizer to be used can be determined. In addition, a soil test will find the pH level of the soil. This kind of information is basic for developing a good plant nutrition program. For example, if your soil doesn’t need phosphorus or potassium — which may very well be the case — applying it is a waste of time and money.

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