An Ecofarm DIY Soil Testing Sample Kit for lifestyle properties contains all the equipment you need to take your own soil samples and post them back to us for results and analysis. We can then recommend a prescribed fertiliser blend, providing your soil with exactly what it needs, and nothing it doesn't.
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The lifestyle block is as important as a big farm station for it has the ability to provide nutrition to many animals and people on that block as well as the joy of providing for oneself.
These days as people are turning to providing for themselves, family and friends and it makes sense to promote the best and fastest growth possible, combined with healthy, nutritious produce, be that in the livestock or in the plant.
When you order your Ecofarm Aotearoa Lifestyle DIY Sample Kit we send you the whole kit and caboodle! If you follow the instructions carefully you can pull the plugs required using the provided probe, package them up and send them back to the office.
The results are then analysed and recommendations are made to create the prescription for your lifestyle, life sustaining block. We are often surprised at what is required in the prescribed blend and often at what ISN’T required – every block is different.
That is why it is necessary to know the starting base material.
But a word of 'warning'! The results that are emailed to you may not make sense to you. There is no graph to show whether the soils are average, above or below. This is because there is no 'average' to compare with. The quality of your soil depends on so many factors. The results may show that you have loads of nutrient (and that is usually the case) but we must always ask 'why is that nutrient not available?'. (It is like a box of tissues - you have 99 tissues sitting in the box just waiting to be released. But the whole time, only 1 tissue is available). We therefore have to look at the factors that keep the nutrient locked up.
And then as well, there are usually soils that are completely lacking nutrient to start with as we have seen in certain areas of the country. And as biological activity usually needs certain elements to get working, when these are 'low' or not available, fixing that up will create a cascade of events in the soil nutrient cycle.
So we need to talk you through the results!
This information has helped many lifestylers and farmers get a head start in remedying their soils thus growing resilient pastures and plants which in turn grow disease resistant animals and plant produce. Watch the vet bills reduce to zero. Notice the animals and plants thrive.
An Ecofarmer’s Discovery is a book written by Ewan Campbell and it describes and explains the science and observations behind his blends that include Probitas and locally resourced materials, blended to a prescription that fits your lifestyle block. You may like to order this with your Kit.
Order your Ecofarm Aotearoa Lifestyle DIY Sample Kit today so you can get started in the process to grow faster and more nutritiously dense produce.
* The DIY test is for ONE set of tests. If you wish to have separate tests done for different areas, there will be further costs incurred.
* There will be spare bags in the kit for either different samples or if a disaster strikes with one of the bags.* Please be VERY clear with the information you return to the office.
* If you want herbage tests done, these are picked up through your rural supplies. They go to Hills Laboratories but you must specify on the form (included with the test), that you want Molybdenum, Cobalt, Selenium, Iodine and (Other) Nickel tested for. You can sent the results to us as they help to refine your blend supplied. The cost is paid to Hills Laboratories.
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