Monday, May 14, 2012

Barn Hop #62

Welcome to the Monday Homestead Barn Hop where you're invited to link up your blog with your very best post of the week; something happening at your homestead or something of interest that will help benefit fellow homesteaders. Plus, each of the 3 Homestead Barn Hop hostess selects her favorite post of the week to highlight the following week. So be sure to visit all three blogs because the "Featured Homestead" could be YOURS!

This week I'm featuring Nancy from... 

Nancy had a great post on doing a soil test from your garden. I'm very interested in knowing how nutrient rich my own soil might be and this post really caught my eye! If the soil is depleted, your vegetables will be, too!

Living in Vermont, Nancy was able to send her sample to the University of Vermont for only a $14 fee. Very reasonable in my opinion! You could certainly do a home test sold over the counter, but according to the Contra Costa Master Gardeners, these will only test for N, P, K, and pH. (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium). However, a professional or academic lab can test for macro and micro nutrients for a few dollars more and should also provide literature for interpreting the data. I'd say that's well worth the investment!

Nancy also included some great instructions for getting an accurate sample. If you're interested in such things, I suggest you take a quick look...

Join The Barn Hop!
and Amy @ Homestead Revival...

...invite you to link up and share your homesteading adventures!

1. Write a blog post about what's going on at your homestead or a post on something you're learning or an item of interest that will benefit the homesteading community. Be sure to add the red barn button and link back here so others can join in the fun.
2. Come back here and enter your information in the Linky. Please be sure to link to your actual post (click your title and then copy the URL above) and not your home page so those participating later in the week can find your post easily.

3. If you don't have a blog, leave a comment and tell us what's going on at your homestead!

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