If your goal this year is a lush green lawn or a yard full of blooms and veggies, then you need to learn how to identify soil type. It’s the first place to start if you want a thriving garden.
Today we are going to share with you the step by step process using a jar and some water. You will then be able to easily tell whether the earth around your home is mainly clay, sand, or silt.
Identify & Improve Garden Soil
via Gardeners Edge
The easiest way to identify the soil type in your garden is with the jar test. You’ll need a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.
You will then half-fill with soil from your garden and half with water. After vigorously shaking the contents of the jar, you will leave it to rest overnight.
After 24 hours, you can check your jar and examine the layers.
You can learn the nutrients that your garden is lacking. You can then address these deficiencies by using the proper fertilizer.
In the graphic above, the middle jar shows the ideal soil which is 30% clay, 40% silt, and 30% sand.
This is considered the best mix of soil for most plants.
Evaluate And Improve Your Soil
This chart from Schultz shows how to improve different types of garden soil mixes using different mediums. Compost, Peat Moss, Sand, and Manure are common fertilizers.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to plan your planting and a companion planting guide is an excellent reference, particularly if you are planting veggies.
Some plants need moist soil and little drainage, others may need rockier soil with good drainage.
By knowing what soil you’re working with, and the environments that the plants require, you can plant your garden in sections and fertilize them perfectly.
Improve Your Soil Naturally
via Fresh Eggs Daily
Once you learn what your soil is deficient in, there are some natural ways that you can improve the composition.
This chart from Fresh Eggs Daily is extremely helpful and has 7 recommendations:
- Banana peels add potassium
- Coffee grounds add nitrogen
- Egg shells add calcium
- Epsom salts add magnesium
- Lobster shells add phosphorous
- Chicken feathers add nitrogen
- Wood ash neutralises the soil
How To Identify Soil Type Video
via Urban Self Sufficiency
We are sharing this 2-minute video from Urban Self Sufficiency that shows you the best way to identify your soil type by using a jar.
The better the soil, the better the results. You will love this quick and easy process that will ensure a blooming beautiful garden. To watch, click Play above now ^