Ideas on what I'm doing wrong?
Definitely the latter. I was getting a soil test done for the community garden so I figured I'd do one on my own garden. I was mainly hoping to see the organic matter go way up due to how wonderful I am. So much for that...
s. lowe wrote:One other question Mike, are you concerned about the test results because you've noticed a not quite rightness in your garden? Or were you curious about the test results because you wanted to see what you had accomplished and the results gave you some concern?
If the latter I wouldn't worry and would keep doing what you do (especially because it appears "what you do" includes tinkering at the edges of your systems to find improvement)
S Bengi wrote:I would add less nitrogen, less compost and green stuff, like coffee grounds and grass clipping and alot of carbon. I say add an excessive amount of carbon, even if it reduces productivity for a year until it stabilize. Getting your organic matter above 10% would be awesome.
Biochar is great for that, do note that biochar might take a season to stabilize. If not made at the optimum settings it's pore space will have some organic hydrocarbon, that soil life will feast on, outcompeting plant roots. even without that the empty pore space will lead to an explosion of soil life, which uses up alot of minerals thus outcompeting plant roots. Once the biochar is charged it will however start creating a lot of soil life "manure' with lots of bioavailable minerals that the plants will love.
Mike Haasl wrote:Definitely the latter. I was getting a soil test done for the community garden so I figured I'd do one on my own garden. I was mainly hoping to see the organic matter go way up due to how wonderful I am. So much for that...