These are common questions that we receive at the farm. Soil health is intriguing to me, and a topic of utmost importance to urban farmers and gardeners. I recently watched "The Roots of Your Profits" with soil expert Dr. Elaine Ingham, in which she teaches about soil health at the Oxford Real Farming Conference earlier this year. It was absolutely fascinating!
I learned something interesting from her talk. People often ask me if they should get a soil test. My reply is usually to suggest skipping the test and focusing on adding organic matter to the garden. I always thought that this practice would balance the nutrients in the soil. While my advice was correct, my reasoning was WRONG!