The garden is a Memorial Garden, a garden of benevolence, a garden of love. It is a gift to our community from the God of Love, Jesus the Christ. The first “seeds” for our garden have come from members of the congregation and a designation from the congregation’s memorial funds. These seeds have brought us to the beginning of a journey that will last for many years. Guided by the Holy Spirit we will plow forth until row upon row of our work is accomplished and our community is better nourished. The Lord invites you all to be part of His work on earth strengthening and feeding His children. The garden is made possible by generous donations from the community, and grants from the Alaska Food Policy Council through the Municipality of Anchorage, the Alaska Women's Giving Circle, generous support by the congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, and support from the Alaska Synod of the ELCA.

Food from the garden in 2018 was sent to Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, the Tudor Road Gospel Rescue Mission, and to Bean's Cafe.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tool Evaluation - Triple Tester

Triple Tester

I bought a tool from Amazon that was supposed to test wetness, pH, and light intensity. The tool is the XIYIXIFI 3 in 1 Soil Test Kit. It failed the wetness test. After watering with water running out the bottom of the pot, I used the tester. Now the meter goes from dry to wet with moist in the middle. One would think the tester would show wet when you test just after watering. I did make sure it was set to the right meter. It tested just barely moist. That was kind of disappointing. Well not to be deterred I tested the moisture many more times over the next couple of weeks with similar results. Boo!

So, what about the light meter? Well setting to measure light intensity I put it in direct sunlight. It measured just a tick above dark. I tested it on the lamps I use for growing seedlings. The result was the same. Double boo!

I did not test the pH meter. I didn't have a "control" to use for that test. But based on the results from the other two tests I would venture the results from the pH test would be a failure as well.

Don't buy this meter. It would be a waste of money. I haven't tested any others yet so can't make a recommendation except not to purchase this one. Hopefully my next tool test will get better results.

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