Soil: attempt at science intervention, then just bought better soil . . . #lazygardener


Mason Jar Soil Test | Determining what type of soil you have in your garden can be done with a glass jar with a lid, some water, and a sample of your soil. When soil particles separate you can see a mixture of the main soil types: sand, silt and clay.

This is a poor photo of my attempt to “Identify My Soil Type” a la Pinterest. It’s kind of like those pictures on social media of the brilliant Pinterest birthday cakes, then next to them, the failed attempts. Rather, the real life attempts. I could see a hazy line but didn’t know whether it’s sand and clay, or sand and silt … So, I moved on to the more scientific approach: a little soil tester I bought at Walmart (note my environmental hypocrisy) that shows the levels of nitrogen, phosphorous, PH levels, and potash. I filled an inch of the tube with soil, emptied the accompanying capsule, added the water, shook “vigorously” and waited the two minutes to see which levels my water colour matched on the provided colour-coded spectrum. Ya. For one, the water was brown in all tubes. Second, I vaguely concluded my soil just sucks in every category. I gave up and just called up the garden supply centre and ordered a dump of top soil. Done. (Science is overrated in gardening).

Next step: planting the early seeds.

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