The Rumford Gardener to Distribute the Solvita GardenCare™ Soil and Compost Test Kit

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The Rumford Gardener has been appointed as the exclusive North American distributor of the Solvita brand of soil, compost and other agricultural test kits manufactured by Woods End Laboratories.

GardenCare Kit

Solvita GardenCare™

Solvita tests are used by the USDA Soil Quality Institute. GardenCare™ brings the same level of accuracy to the home gardener, requiring no prior experience or chemistry skills.

The Rumford Gardener has provided the gardening community with high quality tools and accessories for years, and the addition of Solvita soil and compost test kits is a natural extension of the line. The flagship GardenCare™ kit is a cost effective, safe and easy to use DIY testing system that delivers actionable results to improve plant yield and quality.

Gardening enthusiasts are becoming more aware of the importance of soil health in gardens. Previously, testing required sending samples to an expensive and time-consuming lab, or utilizing a messy and often dangerous mix of chemicals without a clear understanding of the results. Solvita has revolutionized the testing process through unique chemical-free tests and easy to understand instructions that give practical advice on how to improve and best utilize soil and compost.

Each GardenCare™ kit contains two colorimetric tests for Compost Maturity and two tests for Soil Life. The results show the quality of active organic matter in soil, and if a compost is ready to use. An instruction booklet gives specific recommendations for appropriate additions of compost to bring soil to peak fertility, and for the best uses of a particular compost in the garden, for seed starting, house plants, field crops and more.

Since 1974, the scientists of Woods End Laboratories have been dedicated to the measurement and understanding of soil and plant environments, and the result of this experience is the Solvita range of tests.

Solvita tests are used by the USDA Soil Quality Institute and approved by the U.S. Compost Council. GardenCare™ brings the same level of accuracy to the home gardener, requiring no prior experience or chemistry skills.

In making this announcement Jim Roberts, Rumford’s CEO, said, “While serious gardeners have long had an interest in professional quality testing, the Solvita family of products provides both convenient and timely testing tools with the result being precise remedial actions.”

The GardenCare™ kit is available online for retailers at and for consumers at Interested dealers can also contact The Rumford Gardener at 800-234-1957.

The Rumford Group Ltd., LLC, d/b/a The Rumford Gardener is a privately-held company focused on the distribution of unique lifestyle products with a focus on sustainability. Founded on a core line of garden tools, the company has since expanded into biodegradable pots, unique industrial-quality hoses, gifts, and soil testing.

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