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Garden Tips and Soil Testing

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Prescott Farm

2009 West Main Road

Middletown, RI 02842

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Whether you're growing lettuce or lupines, it's important to know who to turn to for advice -- the URI Master Gardeners are here to help! Bring in a soil sample from your home garden for free analysis.

On the first Sunday of the month, these garden pros will speak on selected topics ranging from pest management to heritage plants. Talks take place from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

June 4: The Mighty Pollinators

Gary Casabona, State Biologist for NRCS, talks about pollinators and plants to attract them.

July 2: From Compost to Compost Tea

Demonstrations on how to build a compost pile and use the compost in the garden.

August 6: The Three Sisters Growing Techniques

The history, legend, and practical use of the system.

September 3: Growing Cover Crops

October 1: Feeding your Family from a Colonial Garden

Weather dependent. This program is offered in partnership with the URI Master Gardener Program, Cooperative Extension.

For questions contact (401-847-8344) or kelsey@newportrestoration.org.

How to collect a soil sample:

  • Using a clean trowel, take and combine several smaller samples in each separate area of your property that you want to test. Take a sample at a depth of 3-4" for lawn, 6-8" for vegetables and flowers and 12 -18" for fruit trees. Do not sample recently fertilized, limed or very wet soil. You can take the sample from different parts of the lawn or garden.
  • Take approximately one cup of soil and spread it on a piece of paper to dry overnight.
  • Transfer the sample to a small zip-lock bag. Write on the bag your name and the type of plants you plan to grow and bring it with you.

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