Soil Building Link Up – Show Us Your Stuff!

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.

Ten pounds of mineral mix, from, a $30 value.

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.

31 Responses to Soil Building Link Up – Show Us Your Stuff!

  1. Looks like some great prizes! This challenge has been fun so far. Thank you for all of your work.


  2. Looking forward to the coming march challange, i have milking sheep and enjoy my home dairy..

  3. I’m excited to start using my harvested worm castings soon!

  4. I post a small blurb in my post of multiple challenges- my upgraded worm composter is churning out large amounts of poop and I’m also fortunate enough to have large scale composting ( both regular and vermiculture) at work which I am availing myself of, one bucket at a time.

  5. We recently expanded our composting system, that’s what I’ve linked up to today. Thanks for all the great info! :)

  6. The children and I are having a wonderful time with this challenge! We just moved into this house a month or so ago, and it is temporary (maybe a year or so) but we got right on top of the challenge. We started out compost bin right away, using an old plastic garbage can that was onsite. We’ve worked on enriching the soil in the areas we are planting in, and we ordered seeds for some sections to use as green compost. We’re getting practice in, and we’re improving the site for the owners when they return. A win-win.
    My eldest daughter is using some of the things we’ve learned this month in our Build a Village project- we’ll be posting about that at our blog this week.

  7. We’ve had a worm been going strong in our apartment since last summer. We have tons of castings, and are looking forward to using them in our little container garden on our balcony.

  8. I sent you links to my two soil and compost related posts from February. I’ll leave how to handle two posts in your very capable hands. :)

    Since we’re talking giveaways, I want to remind your readers that they can enter to win their choice of one of my five favorite gardening resources (my treat), and one option is your book, The Urban Farm Handbook. If you’ll allow the cross-promotion, readers interested in entering can do so at

    Thanks for this great challenge! Yay soil!

  9. Here’s hoping for the work-gloves; I seem to have worn out several pairs recently! @Erica, but I already *have* those books!

  10. I have linked up to my post on using wood chips as mulch and how they attract worms and eventually break down into good friable soil.

  11. I’m working on plans for building a new compost bin and moving a downspout to water it!

  12. Hi,
    I added a blog post about the February Challenge. I decided to really commit to my compost bin. Until now, it’s been a passive relationship. I’m ready to make it hot! I had a great time, and really leaned a lot. Thank you both so much for imparting all your wisdom!

  13. I am so excited about this challenge still! Last month I created a trash can composter! I have been wanting to do that for sometime, but this blog pushed me to get it done!! And I loved your container gardening post. I am in the process of making a few containers. I can only have a container garden so its good to know how to keep the soil good! I am also looking into making a worm bin! Keep up the good posts. I am sorry I dont have a blog to link to this

  14. PS I am sad I really really want a rain barrell :) too bad I live in PA

  15. Thank you both so much for coming up with such a creative and interactive way to enjoy your new book! Looking forward to lots more information from your next challenges in the cue.

    Continued success,

  16. Compost bin built and ready for our chicken waste!

  17. I have really enjoyed this series so far. I’m also glad to hear that my passive composting methods might actually be more than just being lazy. Biocar is getting big in our area and I’m anxious to find some to try (making it myself might be a bit down the road right now). This is our first year to add composted chicken manure to our beds, so I’m hoping that the results will be noticeable. Thanks for all the information you provide and many thanks for the wonderful prizes!

  18. I’m late on posting but just had to share. I turned my compost pile that I remixed this month. It was FULL of pill bugs, worms and weed roots! I’m so excited… we not really about the weeds, but just excited that something is growing! Last year my compost killed even weeds…. It still doesn’t smell sweet so I covered it back up and will let it cook longer. SO excited!

  19. Id say this was hard, but really the worms and the chickens are doing all the work at the moment. Ill let that happen for as long as possible.

  20. I am looking forward to this challenge, I look forward to learning more. I just came across this a couple a days ago so all I have put up on blog was a reference to your challenge with links. But I have wrote in some of my earlier post what I do to build my soil up in my raised beds. I do organic gardening and write a little about it and our cattle and chickens. I’ve always wanted a goat and I look forward to see what you say about it.
    Thanks Kat

  21. I love this challenge. It was the exact kick in the butt I needed to get my homestead actually operating. Thank you. :)

  22. Expanding the garden this year. Great challenge!

  23. This is an awesome challenge! I have been reading through your book, there is so much valuable information for furthering my own urban farmstead, thank you.
    I just linked above to my post about the Hugenkultur bed we made this weekend….and that our hens destroyed. argh.

  24. I’m a little late in adding my post this month. I recently got the book from the library and am thoroughly enjoying it so far. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I’ll buy fertilizer this time around instead of making it, but I am pinning the homemade directions for future use.

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