Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"Get the dirt" on garden problems
We had a great garden this summer, but it is always a good thing to review garden progress to see what you did right, what you did wrong, and make changes for the next gardening season. I have discussed our #1 problem which was the failure to keep pests out of our garden.
The second problem was that we didn't test our soil before we began our garden. To test, your soil -- dig about five inches into the soil in eight places in your garden, scoop up an equal amount of dirt from each place, pour into a bucket, take out any debris and rocks, stir it well and put it into a sandwich baggy. Take it to your local extension office and for a fee ($8 per sample in our case) they will send the sample off and have it tested to see what kind of amendments your soil needs for the next season.
We did that yesterday and I am very interested in what we will find. I think it will help to prevent and identify garden diseases, especially in tomatoes. I'll let you know what we find.