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Know your soil type

By: Garden Gate staff
Starting a new bed? This quick and easy soil test will tell you what groundwork needs to be done!

Know your soil type

Sand, loam or clay? You won’t wonder again after doing this no-fuss soil test!

Step 1: Cut off the top and bottom of a large aluminum can.

Step 2: Pound the can about 1 in. deep into your soil.

Step 3: Fill it with 1 in. of water, and let it drain completely.

Step 4: Fill to the 1-in. line once more, timing how long it takes for the water to disappear:


Soil drainage rates

Published: Feb. 21, 2012
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