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Christine’s Soil Experiment Result

So I’ve learnt two things doing this “Great Soil Expirement”. The first thing is that I think I have good soil but have no idea how to actually read the result and the second is that I have a lot to learn about photographing glass containers that reflect light. Lots of reading up on the internet and the best I can do is a photograph of a jar of dirt and water reflecting me in my pyjamas taking a photograph of it!

[one_half]Soil Test Result[/one_half]

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The result of my Soil Test: Hanni from Sweet Bean Gardening says that the sand will sink to the bottom, the silt stays in the middle and the clay rises to the top. Looks like I have a fair amount of sand and silt and not too much clay.

According to Wikipedia: Loam is soil composed of sand, silt, and clay in relatively even concentration (about 40-40-20% concentration respectively). Loam soils generally contain more nutrients and humus than sandy soils, have better infiltration and drainage than silty soils, and are easier to till than clay soils. Loams are gritty, moist, and retain water easily.

Am I correct in assuming I have pretty good soil?

Visit Sweet Bean Gardening to see other results “Dirt Cheap: Free Soil Composition Test“ at The Great Soil Experiment Meme.


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Barbie’s Soil Experiment Results

The Great Soil Experiment: I have completed my task – Sweat Bean Gardening started a great soil experiment idea and asked those interested to do the same! Ok – here are the results of my soil here in Philadelphia, Cape Town, RSA! It really looks like clay soil. What is interesting is regardless of all the compost I have added to the veggie garden soil, it still looks exactly like the raw earth I picked up from the front garden bed. It seems unlikely because on inspection the veggie bed is a deep, dark brown and looks healthy compared to my reddish looking clay soil in the front which has not been well prepared with compost and stuff. So, this was a very interesting exercise! Thanks for this!

[one_half]My soil[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My soil 2[/one_half_last]

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My Great Soil Experiment

[one_half]Soil Test 1[/one_half]

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I have completed my free Soil Composition Test.  I took a sample from the clay soil of my front garden today, where the roses and the lavender grow and also from the veggie patch which I have been rejuvenating with compost, etc., every season. They both look so very similar. Let’s see what happens once they settle. This should be interesting! I am looking forward to all the results!!

The soil in Philadelphia – up the West Coast of Cape Town,  seems to be one of clay. It is where wheat, oats and canola is grown, and a new crop that the farmers grow for a summer harvest is grapes. Our village is surrounded by these fields.