For students in our Compost, Vermiculture & Soil Fertility Workshop only, Download Compost Vermiculture & Soil Fertility Presentation as a PDF document.
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Here are the links as promised:
Good cover crop seed sources: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-4-farm-seed.aspx?source=Home_Slide2_072014
We like Pacific Gold Mustard as a cover crop
Bagged top soils: Gardner & Bloome or purchase at our seasonal tomato plant sale each spring at Ivy's Porch in Scotts Valley (5311 Scotts Valley Drive). As stated in the Powerpoint, you'll want 45% G&B Planting Mix, 45% Raised Bed Mix and 10% G&B Harvest Supreme.
Soil test lab: Timber Leaf Soil Testing (choose either the basic test or basic test with trace minerals)
The importance of Ph balance in your soil: http://www.gardeningdata.co.uk/soil/soil_ph.php
Link to our website on composting (note there are a lot of posts having to do with compost stacked on top of each other on that page): http://www.growbetterveggies.com/growbetterveggies/compost/
Great on-line community bulletin board on Composting: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/soil/
Contact info for Phillip Gatchell, who built the super-posh two-bin composter we admired in class, and who also builds custom beds for gardens, installs vegetable gardens, and maintains them: www.Loamstead.com and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also come out and install our preferred drip irrigation system.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. If you liked the class, we would love it if you would go to our website page and post a comment or better yet, Yelp us.