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Being a Good Gardener Begins with Getting to Know Your Soil…

You must not be afraid of getting dirty if you want to grow healthy plants. Understanding the characteristics of the soil in your yard is key to growing healthy plants. The experiments listed here will help you become familiar with the soil’s physical and chemical characteristics. Becoming familiar with these characteristics will help you understand your soil’s physical structure, drainage, and pH.

The Equipment

 

Before you begin, gather these common household items for the experiments:

 

Hands

Hands

Spade

Spade

Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Jar with lid

Jar with lid

trowel

Trowel

12 in. ruler

12 in. ruler

Brown lunch bag

Brown lunch bag

Powder dish detergent

Dish detergent

Shovel

Shovel

Bucket + Hose

Bucket + Hose

Timer

Timer

pH test kit

pH test kit

 


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