Michael La Belle 
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Re: “Water savings and stronger crops are just a worm's poop away

This is not a bad article, but the comments regarding how to balance the nutrients in a garden are too simplistic. Every remediation starts with a GOOD soil test, ideally conducted by a commercial lab. I'm not a big fan of land grant university soil testing labs. They don't charge much, but then they don't tell you much either.

Test the soil, amend the needed minerals according to the analysis, spread either an organic soil amendment like worm castings or an organic fertilizer like Mighty Grow, on TOP of the ground and then cover with wheat straw. This will preserve moisture, lower the soil temp during the heat of summer AND provide the perfect environment to grow your own earthworms.

And the wheat straw naturally suppresses weeds, all the while breaking down into rich top soil. Gardening does not have to be hard. We as gardeners just make it that way.

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Posted by Michael La Belle on 06/11/2015 at 7:04 AM

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