Category Archives: Soil Nutrition

Making Compost Tea

Mention that you made some compost tea, and “What is compost tea?” is a common question. Well the first thing you should know about it is that people don’t drink it but your plants will love it. So, you might … Continue reading

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Jars of Tools

Can you identify these seeds? They are some of our favorite cover crops. Here’s a hint list. Can you match the seed with the picture above? Buckwheat Daikon Radish Crimson Clover Hard Red Spring Wheat Why use cover crops? Here … Continue reading

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Organic Far Superior

After 30 years of side-by-side research, Rodale Institute has demonstrated that organic farming is better equipped to feed us now and well into the ever changing future.: After thirty years of a rigorous side-by-side comparison, the Rodale Institute confidently concludes … Continue reading

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Spring’s Farm Work

It’s early spring on the Allegheny Plateau. Spring’s farm work is to prepare the fields and sow the crops.  It sure helped to plant a cover crop after the mid-summer garlic harvest last year. Our crop rotation is potatoes, alliums … Continue reading

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A Garlic Field Cocktail

No, we aren’t throwing a cocktail party in the garlic field. But a well-planned cover crop can help the soil of a summer-harvested garlic field get through a Hurricane Sandy. A mixture of cover crops are being used not only … Continue reading

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Soil Test Evolution

In case you missed it, your farmer’s soil test has evolved. It all started out as a test to determine the availability of N-P-K in the soil. These tests had a lot to do with synthetic fertilizers and measured the … Continue reading

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Compost Tea at Herbal Fair

No, we weren’t serving compost tea at the herbal fair. But, we did do a compost tea brewing demonstration at the Frosty Hollow Herbal Fair, held annually on the first Saturday in August in Sweden Valley, Pennsylvania. “What is compost … Continue reading

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