Ashtabula Grows! Tuesday, May 19: Local Soil and Testing

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

IMG-6089Move over snow…spring has sprouted! The greens are back and they are changing by the hour. Light green to darker and the grass is long enough to cut a maze through it. Many of you picked up your garden kits this week. We have more to give away! Email us and we will share instructions on getting your own kit. We also have so many seeds to share. If you want more, we have it! AshtabulaLocalFood.org

We have an exciting presentation this Tuesday by Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District Technician, Suzanne Westlake. Suzanne will discuss the various soils around Ashtabula County, walk us through soil testing and what that means and present some very interesting historical perspectives of our land. Suzanne is very enthusiastic and is a native Ashtabulean! Suzanne will also share how to perform a soil test and what you will learn from it.

If you missed any of the classes you can watch the videos and/or see the powerpoint presentations from previous on our website AshtabulaLocalFood.org on the “Previous Class Resources” page. Some highlights are listed below:

May 12th – Mental Health Check-in with Deirdra “Dia” Fleming 

May 5th – Seed starting with Sarah Brower 

April 28th – Building Community Resilience and Food Security with Sarah Brower 

Join the discussion! We have a lively fb private group: Ashtabula Grows: an online community garden. In order to keep it private, you must ask “permission” to join the group. This a great place to share your budding garden with the group, ask questions or share resources. Let’s see how your garden is growing – mind, body and spirit.


Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday at 6pm! 

“Our most important job as vegetable gardeners is to feed and sustain soil life, often called the soil food web, beginning with the microbes. If we do this, our plants will thrive, we’ll grow nutritious, healthy food, and our soil conditions will get better each year. This is what is meant by the adage ”Feed the soil not the plants.”
― Jane Shellenberger, Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West


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