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Soil Test, Algebra and Work

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Our soil test from A&M arrived! Andrew had taken about 20 samples throughout the field, mixed them all together and sent off a small bag of soil about 2-3 weeks ago. Little did I know I would be interpreting numbers and reviewing algebra in order to figure the correct mix necessary to apply to the blackberries.  Farming this week has included more algebra than I ever expected. For homeschool, Andrew will be writing a 20-30 page paper on soil preparations for blackberries. The algebra involved may take up 2 of those pages.  I will not bore you with the calculations involved but it meant translating for small scale to large scale and back to small scale, working with dry and fluid measurements, and a little common sense. No looking in the back of the book for the answers.

Wonder boy spent the afternoon mixing 750 pounds of his very own magic mix with a shovel and then scooping several ounces around each of the 2000 plants. I told him I'm not even going to try to wash those clothes without a rinse in the pond first. Splashing around with the dog probably never felt so good. As a result of the soil test, and some ingenuity, we were able to make our own magic mix specifically for our soil. If I had gone to Lowes and bought what we needed it would have cost us $1200. Andrew was able to make his own homemade mix specifically designed for our soil needs for $140. This will have to be done 3 times a year with each soil sample.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."- Edison

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