I have been wanting to get my soil tested for quite some years now, but just have never gotten it done. But this year I decided that I had to get it done, I have been having some problems growing things in certain areas, and needed to find out what was going on. I looked at several companies that test soil in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. After searching around for a day, looking at websites, sample reports, and packages that were available, I ended up getting my tests done with Spectrum Analytic. I liked the look of their reports, so I sent them an email asking how much they charged. Within a matter of minutes I got a reply. In fact every time I emailed them I got back the same almost instant reply, I also asked them a couple of questions and they seemed to really know their stuff. So I was very impressed from the beginning. They also have very good prices, I was planning on only have 1 or 2 samples done, but after I found out how much they charge I decided to have 3 samples tested.
I followed their instructions on taking the soil samples, packaged it up, and dropped off my box at the post office on a Tuesday. I shipped it flat rate priority so I had a tracking number, Spectrum Analytic received my package on Thursday. I was shocked the next day on Friday when I checked my email and they had already gotten the results back to me. Once again very impressed! I would recommend Spectrum Analytic to anyone who wants to get their soil tested.
Below is part of my three reports that I got back from them. They also gave fertilizer recommendations for the next three years crops that I plant to grow in that area.
LEFT FRONT #1
RIGHT FRONT #2
LEFT BACK #3
I am so glad I got these tests done! I have learned so much from them. Now I want to get another 10 or 12 tests done so that I know what is going on with the rest of my farm.
At first when I saw the results, I thought this can not be right, every area is completely different. But then when I looked at them closer and started to think about it everything kind of makes sense.
Similarities between the different samples:
In all three areas the level of Boron is low, and Iron is sky high.
LEFT FRONT #1
This is an area that I really have not added much to the soil, the past couple of years. I have been having trouble with a horrible grass taking over anything that I plant there. I believe that grass likes soil that is low in nutrients, which makes sense now. Also I grew corn there last year which is a nutrient demanding crop. Soil pH is also a little low 6.1, so I will be adding some lime to this area soon.
I have a cover crop of rye currently growing in this area, and it will more than likely be a work in progress throughout the spring and early summer, I will probably plant some later plantings of beans in this area.
RIGHT FRONT #2
I found the results from this area very interesting. This is an area that I have been having troubles growing things in for the last few years. No matter what I seemed to do in this area things just did not grow very well. Last year I even added a lot of manure to this area and still no luck. The only thing that grew well here last year for me was broom corn. So at first glance when I saw the results I was really shocked that everything was so high. Then I looked closer at the report and realized that my pH was too high. A normal pH should be about 6.5, mine is 7.5 in the area. I did some further research and found out that one of the few vegetables crops that can tolerate a pH of 7.5 is corn, which explains why my broom corn is the only thing that did good in that area. Also I had most of that area that I did not plant in had Wild Carrot growing there which is a weed that likes a higher pH. When your pH is too high it can tie up the nutrients in the soil, which explains why the nutrients in the soil are so high, plants have not been able to absorb them. So big thing with that area for next year is to lower the pH.
I will more than likely be planting my tomatoes here this year, once I make some adjustments of coarse.
LEFT BACK #3
This is where I had most of my tomatoes planted last year. I also added a lot of manure to this area last year. All the levels here seem to be pretty good. A little boost of Phosphorus, Potassium, of coarse Boron, and maybe a little Sulfur, and I should be pretty good. I may have to add some Nitrogen also, but we will see. Everything else seems to be in a good range, including the pH which is right where it should be.
This area will probably be used for a mix of things, I am thinking summer squash, winter squash, and maybe some sweet peppers.
We are going to be attending our first craft show of 2017 this weekend. We will be at the Brunswick Kiwanis Spring Craft Fair, at the Brunswick Recreation Center, on Saturday March 4th, from 10am- 3pm. We will have pasta, bread, and pizzelles. Hope to see everyone there!
German White Garlic
Hard Neck (Porcelain)
Strong Flavor, Large Cloves
Latina Italian Garlic
Soft Neck (Silver Skin)
Very Nice Medium Strong Flavor
German Red Garlic
Hard Neck (Rocambole)
Full Body Robust Flavor
Hard Neck (Rocambole)
Hot & Spicy
Hard Neck (Rocambole)
Lots of Heat, Raw
Georgian Fire Garlic
Hard Neck (Porcelain)
Pleasant Strong Flavor, HOT Raw
Chinese Red Garlic
I also have some new varieties in the ground, but I will be saving most of what I have in the ground, of those varieties, for planting this year, so that way I will have more next year. When I start to dig out the new garlic varieties in July I will have to do a post on the new varieties and how they did.
Just thought I would let everyone know about the new bread that I started making and selling this fall, White & Whole Wheat Swirl Bread. Ingredients in this bread are: All purpose flour, whole wheat flour, milk, shortening, sugar, molasses, salt, and yeast. This is a two tone bread, two different types of dough, a white dough and a whole wheat dough, are rolled up together to create a beautiful swirl look when the bread is sliced.
It is a nice bread because it has a good amount of whole wheat flour in it, but it does not have a super strong whole wheat taste, and it is not dry like a lot of whole wheat breads are. It makes a great sandwich bread, great for toast, with peanut butter, and is basically a good all purpose bread. I made some tuna salad the other day, and I think this bread is my favorite to eat with the tuna salad.
If you come to one of our shows (we will be starting up again in the beginning of March) you will most likely find this bread, and many other types of bread, for sale at our table.
I am going to start booking shows for this spring within the next week, so be sure to check back to see where we will be selling starting in the beginning of March, until our farmers markets start in the beginning of June.
Right now I am busy making breads for tomorrows show at Normandy High School. So far I have finished making my Onion Bread and Garlic Herb Rolls, I am working on the Garlic Herb Braided Bread, next will be my White & Whole Wheat Swirl Bread and finally Cinnamon Raisin Bread.
So if you are craving some pasta or fresh baked breads, come and see us at:
Normandy High School PTA Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
I hope everyone had a very, very wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I get to cook up a variety of veggies that I grew through out the year. I do not have to do any special Thanksgiving shopping. Everything that I cook is either something that I grew or just the basics that I always have in the house (such as flour, milk, butter).
Here are some pictures from our Thanksgiving.
From everyone at Real Veggies Farm!
(made with my macaroni pasta and spinach pasta shells)
Creamy Cheesy Winter Squash
Onion Bread Stuffing
(made with my onion bread)
Garlic Bread Stuffing
(made with my garlic bread)
(made from the turkey drippings)
Mashed Potatoes and Turnips
Cream Cheese Corn
Green Beans with Bread Crumbs
Turnips, Radishes, and Cabbage
(made by Franks mom)
Last but not least, the highlight of the dinner.....
our Thanksgiving Turkey!
This year I got the best turkey I have ever had!
I got this years turkey from Fair View Meadow Farm, in Wellington, Ohio.
They raise pastured, dark-colored turkeys, which have a similar coloring to a wild turkey.
It was a very juicy turkey with a different, very very good, taste. I can not explain the way it tasted, but it had an exceptional flavor, so much better than any other turkey I have had.
Pear Butter Pumpkin Pie, Buttermilk Pie, and Three Pumpkin Pies
Over the past two weeks I have been working on planting all my garlic for next year. I still have a little more to get in but most my garlic is now in the ground.
Compost and manure spread over my garlic area, before I tilled and started planting the garlic.
Tilled and ready for garlic to go in the ground.
Day 1 of garlic planting.
Day 2 of garlic planting.
I was able to get in almost all of the garlic, I still have a little bit of garlic to get in at the ends of the rows.
I am hoping to be able to get in the rest of my garlic this week. I would have been planting garlic today, if it wasn't for all the rain that we got on Sunday, the ground is a little too wet right now to be able to plant garlic.
If you missed the fun this past weekend, you can still come down to Brunswick Heritage Farm this coming weekend, for the Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from 10am to 5pm. There will be over a hundred vendors, hayrides, free face painting and other fun things for the kids. There will also be food trucks, for when you get hungry. Some of the vendors will be bringing their animals along with them, for everyone to enjoy. There is going to be lots and lots of pumpkins to pick from, and much more! So do not miss the fun!
Today and tomorrow Brunswick Heritage Farm is going to be a stop on the Fall Foliage Tour. We will be down at the Heritage Farm on Sunday (November 9th, from Noon - 6:00pm). We will be bringing lot of goodies to sell including, Onion Bread, Garlic Herb Braided Bread, Garlic Herb Rolls, Victorian Milk Bread, Pizzelles, Chocolate Pizzelles, Pumpkin Pizzelles, Lots of Pasta, Vegetables (tomatoes, hot peppers, mustard greens, radishes, kale, scallions, basil, okra), Cat Grass, Broom Corn, and More! I will also be demonstrating how to make pasta the old fashion way through out the day.
So if you want to get out tomorrow and have some fun, come on down to the Brunswick Heritage Farm. Do some shopping, take a tour, and watch some demonstrations. They will also have fun educational activities going on for the kids.
Today I dug a little bit of garlic for this weekends markets. I will be digging the rest of my garlic over the next couple weeks. Fresh dug garlic is wonderful, since it has not yet been dried it will not store for long (unless you dry them), but it is the juiciest garlic you will ever taste!
Romanian Red Garlic and Georgia Fire Garlic
And here are a few more pictures that I took from around the farm.