Soil Testing, Is It Necessary?

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Honestly, I don’t think it is necessary! I really don’t think you need to test soil in order to grow a good garden. Great even! I’ve done it! I have planted many gardens, and few are the times I’ve used a Soil Test! Mainly because it’s difficult to justify the price of having a garden soil test done on a small, or family, garden. Or at least for me it is. Although I do know it’s handy, especially knowing the acidity, or PH level of the Soil. So, I kind of wish I’d discovered this Soil Tester sooner…

4-in-1 Soil pH Tester

It’s affordable, and it also measures Soil Moisture, Plant Temperature, and Sunlight Intensity! Without it, it’s kind of all guess work. Kind of like working in the shadows! So Surely that’s worth $20 … Right? 

Having this should help take some of the guess work out of the soil preparation both here at Briden Farm and over at the Barn Property.

As you can see here, I’ve already started spreading some Firewood 🪵 Ashes on the garden plot. 

Getting this Soil Test Meter now will not only help me get a clearer picture but will also help me see the before and after results. The suspicion is the soil is acidic, and my hope is the lime in the ashes will help create a more neutral soil. 

Vegetables such as peas, beans, corn, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, and other greens should benefit from this, and there are also other trace minerals in wood ashes. The University of Saskatchewan has a post onUsing wood ash in the garden that mentions some of them such as, “iron, manganese, boron, copper and zinc”.

If you’d like to learn more about our gardens or the methods we use at Briden Farm contact Brian to Book Your Farm Tour. Call 📞 902-907-0770

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