Virtual POP Club: Healthy Soil

 In Market News, Virtual POP Club

This week we’re learning all about healthy soil!

Spring is a perfect time to care for your gardens. Let’s explore what type of soil you have and ways to amend it.

What soil do you have?

1. Fill a clear jar about one-third full with soil from your gardening space and add water until the jar is almost full.

2. Screw on the lid and shake the mixture vigorously, until all the clumps of soil have dissolved.

3. Now set the jar on a windowsill and watch as the larger particles begin to sink to the bottom.

4. In a minute or two the sand portion of the soil will have settled to the bottom of the jar. Mark the level of sand on the side of the jar.

5. Leave the jar undisturbed for several hours. The finer particles will gradually settle onto the sand. You will find the layers are slightly different colors, indicating various types of particles.

6. Leave the jar overnight. The next layer above the silt will be clay. Mark the thickness of that layer. On top of the clay will be a thin layer of organic matter. Some of this organic matter may still be floating in the water.

The preferred soil type is 1/3 sand, 1/3 clay, 1/3 organic matter.

To improve sandy or clay dominant soils:

  • Work in 3 to 4 inches of organic matter such as well-rotted manure or finished compost

To improve organic matter dominant soil:

  • Do not add anymore organic matter (compost, manure, or lawn clippings)
  • Purchase some worms to help aerate and break down organic matter
  • If you notice rotting smell or small fungus growing add a low phosphorous soil mix to decrease moisture.

Activities this week include:

Click below to print or download soil & composting activities:

Composting Info & Activities

Composting Video 

Diary of a Worm Read Aloud Story 

Make a Soil Terrarium 

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