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How to use the Garden Tutor Soil Texture Testing Jar Kit
1. Fill the jar with soil and water
Gather some soil from your garden site. Remove sticks, grass, leaves and stones. Fill the jar to the soil fill line. Add a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent or a rinse agent and then add water to the water fill line.
2. Shake vigorously and let soil settle
Place the cap on the jar, and place your thumb firmly on the cap and shake the jar vigorously for 30 seconds to fully disperse the soil into the water and then place the jar onto a level surface. Let the soil settle in the jar for a few hours (overnight is best).
3. Use ruler to measure soil layers
Using the Soil guidebook you can calculate the percentage of Sand, Silt and Clay in the jar by using the ruler and following the detailed instructions in the Garden Tutor Soil handbook & texture testing guide
The importance of Soil Texture
Knowing your soil texture type will help you select plants suited to your soil and help you make adjustments if needed.
Texture refers to the size and distribution of the soil particles and is most influenced by the mineral content. The texture can tell you a lot about a soil: fine textures, common with clay soils, get compacted easily, and compacted soils don’t let much air and water in. Coarse textures, common with sandy soils, let plenty of air and water in but don’t hold them well.
The ideal garden soil is the one that best suits the needs of your plants. Although some plants prefer more extreme soil conditions, the best soil for most plants will be one that has a loamy texture, good granular structure, and plenty of organic matter.
Amending soil by volume
If your jar test reveals that you have a straight clay, silt, or sand soil you can add up to 50% by volume of an amendment to the soil. If your soil falls into one of the other categories (as most soils will) then add up to 25% by volume of an amendment to achieve a good mix. When you are amending a bare site, work the amendments fully into the soil by tilling or otherwise turning the soil. If the site already has established plants, put the amendment on top of the soil and gently rake it into the surface.
Successful gardens depend on great soil!
By determining soil type, gardeners can make informed decisions and make their gardens flourish!
A simple and effective way to understand what type of soil you have
Calibrated soil testing jar with integrated ruler makes it easy to measure soil layers
Includes detailed 12-page full color healthy soil handbook and detailed instructions for identifying soil texture type
Find the best plants to grow in your soil
Determine how much soil amendment you need to improve your soil