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Soil testing, seed paper and self-watering planters

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

We see some themes popping up in discussions on and thought it time to revisit some topics covered in the blog and library.

In Soil We Trust? Soil testing resources.

Self-watering Containers Made Super Easy. Also known as sub-irrigated planters (SIPs)

Another fun way to swap seeds: Make Your Own Seed-embedded Paper.

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In Soil We Trust?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Many of the gardeners we’ve heard from would never use the term “dirt” to refer to the medium that one grows in. “Dirt is just lifeless granules and rocks” they say. “Soil is rich with organic nutrients. Alive with good stuff for our veggies.” We hear ya, and we agree. We just thought our little catch phrase “In Dirt We Trust” sounded…provocative.

As we get closer to planting time, some of us may be wondering whether our dirt is dirt, or whether it is SOIL. The USDA web site has a listing of all Cooperative Extension Offices – listed by county. The office in your area can help you test your soil, tell you what it might need for optimal growing. For example, in Pennsylvania, the Penn State Agricultural Analytical Services Lab has standard soil test kits starting at $9.00.

What’s in your soil?