The Soil Building Challenge is nearing a close so it’s time for you to show us your stuff!
The challenges were:
We’ve got some terrific prizes for those of you who stepped up and took any of the challenges.
KIS Mineral Mix is comprised of:
Gaia Green Glacial Rock Dust (A natural mineral product produced by thousands of years of glacial action. It replaces key elements that have been depeleted from the soil over the years, replacing these missing minerals in a form readily used by soil microbes to create healthy soil. It allows the soil to re-create the colloids (minerals and humus) which are needed to improve soil structure, moisture holding properties, nutrient availability, and bacterial action. When the correct balance is achieved, organic matter is turned into humus and the soil becomes a favorable environment for a host of beneficial bacteria/archea, fungi, protists, and earthworms. It increases phosphorus availability, provides an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, and supplies trace elements and micronutrients. It can also crease moisture-holding properties in the soil, improve cation exchange capacity, and improve soil structure and drainage.)
Calphos Soft Rock Phosphate Powder (Slow releasing granulated phosphate containing 20% total phosphoric acid and 20% calcium; to help increase and balance soil ph;to feed soil microbes and facilitate nitrogen metabolism.)
Pacific Pearl Oyster Shell Flour (36% Calcium; 92% Calcium Carbonate equivalent. Faster acting, superior to Ag Lime; derived from finely ground oyster shell)
A Vee Garden Basic Container Garden, a $75 value. I blogged earlier in the month about how this container garden actually allows you to build soil. Ok, maybe it was just this morning but it feels like a month ago.
A $25 gift certificate to Mechanix Wear Gloves,. There is a pair of Mechanix Wear gloves for just about any activity you would need a glove for, and this certificate allows you to choose whichever type glove you want. I’ve got my eye on the Ethel bamboo gloves but the certificate can be applied towards any glove they make.
A copy of the Seattle Tilth Maritime NW Garden Guide, a $20 value. This one sets the standard for gardening in the Pacific Northwest. An annual membership to Seattle Tilth, a $35 value. This one limited to WA State residents. One pint of red wiggler composting worms, Priceless. I’ve been keeping these little babies busy, just waiting for you. That’s right, I’ve been breeding this particular strain of garbage eating worm for three years now and I think I’ve just about perfected them. Their bags are packed and I’m going to miss them, but I know they are going to a good home. One signed 50 gallon rain barrel. This prize is limited to someone 30 minutes from Seattle because Joshua will be signing and delivering it in person.
Now, in order to win these fabulous prizes all you have to do is link to your blog post (if you have one) using the linkup tool below, or leave a comment on this post. I’ll leave this post up indefinitely for those who join the challenge later in the year but still want to play along, however, I’ll be drawing winners at random after midnight on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Good luck and good soil building.