Some of you know that I have been doing organic gardening and teaching a long time, and that I considered slowing down and doing less this year.
Well, it didn’t happen. For several reasons, I am energized to push on, even harder. First, the world needs folks trained to grow their own food, and the desires to do so are expanding. Community gardens are popping up everywhere. Many who want to garden organically have little knowledge. I want to help where I can.
Second, in December I lost a mentor, an international consultant/expert in gardening/farming/livestock/etc. Jerry was a servant to all, and I want to help.... as Jerry did to his very end, despite his illness.
Third, I am excited about having learned new things in 2014, that will make improvements on soil fertilization recommendations, and they will make the computations easier for me to do. My goal continues to be to give the best advice I know on soil fertilization, and lead you to growing nutrient-dense vegetables.
Last year, I read a book, The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer, that has very helpful information for making precise soil fertilization recommendations for your specific soil. Erica has developed an app that works with the Mehlich 3 soil test that AR uses. This is really neat for making recommendations, and it is based on years of research and experience.
I have assess to the app and will do a soil fertilization recommendation for all of those in my class this year. You will need a recent soil test report, including the N test.
I am very confident that by applying the recommended fertilizers, the nutrient-density of your vegetables will increase. Hopefully a number of gardeners will follow the fertilization recommendations 100%, do it for a few years, and bring some vegetables to me for checking the Brix (Nutrient-Density level). Let me know if you are interested.
For others who want specific fertilizer recommendations, I will have an “OrganiCalc app service,” for a small fee. You can get the app yourself, but you will see it requires some input data adjustments (conversions before punching in the data). Its not higher math, but not for everyone.
There is still time to register for the Feb 28 or Mar 14 class. Feel share this with others.
Blessings, Calvin Bey