Soil Test #1: The Drainage Test:

Soil Test #1: The Drainage Test:

It is  important to determine whether you have drainage problems or not. Some plants, such as certain culinary herbs, will eventually die if their roots stay too wet. To test your soil’s drainage:

  1. Dig a hole about six inches wide and one foot deep.
  2. Fill the hole with water and let it drain completely.
  3. Fill it with water again.
  4. Keep track of how long it takes for the water to drain.

If the water takes more than four hours to drain, you have poor drainage. Often slow draining soil contains a lot of clay. Overly fast drainage is frequently caused by too much sand in the soil. You can amend your soil before planting to help balance the needs of the plants you intend to plant in that area.

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