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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Sowing Squash Seeds

Squash need a warm soil temperature for germination. The soil measured 73 degrees at a 2 inch depth. And we’re past May 23rd, our average last frost date. So with that, let the squash seeds be sown! To do this, … Continue reading

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The Dandelions Bloom

This week we began to plant potatoes. How does one know when to plant potatoes? Some let nature tell them. All devoted gardeners know that nature sends us signals. Here’s one clue that’s pretty reliable: Plant potatoes when the dandelions … Continue reading

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Decoding the Radishes

We have published 100 Wooleylot blogs.  In doing this, we have tried to give you some fun garlic facts, informative updates, interactive polls, food recipes, and a little bit of humor. We have tried to treat our blog site like … Continue reading

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