Soil Watch

Conduct one of these four simple tests and upload your results here.
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(1) Squeeze Test

Take a sample of soil in your hand and squeeze it and the release it. 
Clay Soil - If it holds its shape, poke it, if the soil still holds its shape, then it is clay soil.
Sandy Soil - If it falls apart as soon as you open your hand.
Loamy Soil - It holds its shape poke it, if the soil then crumbles, the soil is loam. 

(2) Drainage Test

Dig a hole, half a foot wide and one foot deep. Fill the hole with water and let it drain completely. Fill it with water again and keep track of how long it takes to drain the water. If it takes over 240 minutes, then the soil has poor drainage.

(3) Worm Test

Make sure the soil is at 55 degrees, dig a hole, half a foot wide and one foot deep. Dig into the soil using a hard cardboard sheet and slowly sift through the earth counting the worms the higher the number of worms you count the better. if you count very few worms (<10) then your soil may either be alkaline or acidic. If you count many worms (>10), then you have good soil.

(4) Ph Soil Test

The Ph test is based on the health of plant growth. The Ph test chart is illustrated below on a scale of zero to 14. Plants grow best in soil with a Ph test result of either 6 or 7. Test results below 5 or above 8 are plants which are likely to have difficulty growing. Take the challenge test your soil and see how healthy it is. 

Types of soil and planting.

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