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How to Test Soil Composition

All right here, I am with a couple of mason jars some dish soap and a garden trowel and you may as well stick around and see what I’m planning to do with them Hey, it’s Jason here with Fraser Valley rose for sure the title ruined the suspense of what I’m gonna do today It’s a mason jar soil test to check for clay in my soil What I want to show you here, is that my soil is quite heavy During the summer it’s clay enough that when it dries out it starts to develop those big cracks in the surface .

How to Test Soil Composition

So I treat it as a clay soil I grow things in here that are appropriate for it But I want to show you how to do the actual physical test to see if it is a clay soil What I’ll do here just to take off the organic stuff across the top I’m just going to scrape off the top there because having a big chunk of wood and the jar isn’t gonna. Tell me anything The next thing I’m gonna do is dig down in here and reveal the soil And into the jar it goes can see from the surface of the soil there how Smooth that is, and it’s heavy, and it sticks together, which is my first indication that this is a clayish type soil And keep on getting Soil samples Everywhere from around the region of that it’s best to mix it in a little bit hopefully get don’t just get one little piece of soil from one part of the hole, but go ahead and Get a real representative sample would like to have for this kind of test is even up to about half of the jar and I’ll take that in and show you how to prepare it inside there.

How to Test Soil Composition

And I want to go get one more sample so follow me here in a very different spot in our garden I want to get a different soil sample because I know from experience that This place is a little bit rock here a little bit sand here so may as well Take a sample run the test there at the same time Yeah, if you feel there Already I can feel there’s gravel in there There’s rocks and that kind of thing in there. I’ll sort that out a bit inside But I have a feeling that this is gonna come up a little bit different as a result All right the next step in our Mason jar test for soil is to break up the soil a little bit, so I took the first sample here The more clay sample from my estimation, and I’ve dumped it out into this bin here and what I’m gonna do is I’m just going to break it up and part of the Getting the best results is to Have it completely dissolved into the water solution So the more you can break it up now And shake it up once you get it into the jar You should be fine and thank you so much friends for visit my article.

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