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Your soil is a living AND breathing organism. Its health is a function of the symbiotic relationship between the micro-herds of organisms and the available organic matter suspended in a granular material.

 
The organic matter should contain an extensive menu of biodegradables to provide the environment necessary to sustain biological life. In other words, Nature’s organisms must consume the biodegradable matter to release back into the soil the nutrients, minerals and carbon dioxide necessary for a healthy topsoil.

 
There is a very easy and inexpensive way to measure the CO2 level in your soil. The results will indicate the population of organisms and therefore your soil’s health. Simply put, the higher the amount of CO2 the larger the micro-herd of organisms. More organisms equal a healthier soil.

 
You can easily do onsite, a “Carbon Dioxide Burst Test”. This very economical soil respiration test can be purchased at buxtonhollowfarm.com or by calling 401-767-6700. A Soil Inoculant to increase the amount of Nature’s organisms is also available, Buxton Hollow Farm® ORGANIC Compost Tea, a time honored, tried and true recipe for the serious grower and the health conscious gardener.

 

Happy gardening,
Frank & Nancy Jacques

IMPROVING FLORIDA SOIL

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These are the test results on the use of Buxton Hollow Farm® Compost Tea in Florida on lawn samples taken from October 2013 to January 2015 from Mr. Paul Poudrier’s Property in New Port Richie. In total, the Report clearly reveals that the condition of the “Florida Type” soil benefits greatly from the use of a soil inoculant, in this case our recipe of Compost Tea.

There are many areas in Florida where the soil is basically devoid of nutrients especially Phosphorus. The Report demonstrates that the addition of Buxton Hollow Farm® Compost Tea Recipe definitely increased the Nitrogen, leveled off the acid and helped the grass plant absorb the potash.

The samples grown with the Buxton Hollow Farm® Compost Tea have a noticeable increase in the size of the grass plant and most importantly the growth of its root system. The samples clearly demonstrated that an increase in the nutrients resulted in creating a richer top soil, a clear advantage to plant’s growth.

Most interesting about the use of a soil inoculant is how it increases the soil’s health promoting the growth of the top soil and thereby its ability to retain moisture. This would be a great advantage to plants grown in the “Florida type” soil. Of course the best part of Buxton Hollow Farm® Compost Tea RECIPE is the “OMRI” CERTIFICATION FOR ORGANIC USE”.

Happy gardening,

 

Frank & Nancy Jacques

 

SOIL TEST #1

New Port Richey, FL

January 20, 2015

SOURCE

ACIDITY

POTASH

PHOSPHORUS

NITROGEN

Paul Poudrier’s Florida lawn

pH

K

P

N

BEFORE TEA APPLICATION

6.0

K-2

P

N-2

 

(acid)

low but

non-existent

low but

 

 

adequate

 

adequate

AFTER TEA APPLICATION

6.5

K-1

P-1

N-2 to N-3

 

slightly acid

deficient

deficient

adequate to

 

 

 

 

sufficient

NOTES

lowered acidity

depleted K

increased P

increased N

October 2013                                                                                                          January 2015

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* Each sample and photo were taken from the exact same locations.