If you don't know what it is don't use it. This makes things simpler. So, basically you don't have anything and must start from scratch and I presume you will be buying all of the products needed from a big box store? If so, you will need gardening soil, compost and maybe vermiculite. 20% compost, 10% vermiculite and 70% garden soil. Make sure that the soil and the compost have OMRI somewhere on the bag. You can get a manure based or plant based compost. Just make sure that it is OMRI and of a texture that doesn't have a lot of large pieces in it. There will be a label on the bag saying what is in it and the NPK ratio's if any. Once this is done you will have your base growing medium and time for your three Ph tests taken from random samples in your growing medium. It will probably average out around 6.8-7.2. When this is done post back. Just remember that you get what you pay for. Something cheap is going to be cheap and will not give you expensive results. When I must purchase anything related to gardening I NEVER go to a big box store like Walmart or Lowes. I either go to a dedicated gardening center or a nursery. Usually all you will find at the BBS is garbage like Miracle Grow productsIt is something that was sold as a medium to grow in pots. I bought it a few months ago. It was unbranded, and the guy who sold it didn't speak very good English. I've tried growing in it, but things grew well in the beginning, and then failed after a few weeks. This is why assumed it was nutrient void and didn't trust the source. Was that a wrong assumption? I also found rocks in it.
The test is to determine the physical make up of the dirt ( structure if you will ).Then what is it for, I read #7
This test is very simple. Just put a big handful of soil into a pint jar and fill it up with tap water, put a lid on it and shake it a couple of minutes to put the soil in a solution. Then let it sit a few hours until it has settled. This will only tell you how much of the basic soil elements there are in the sample, i.e. sand, silt, clay, organic matter, nothing specific. It is used as a guideline as for what to add to soil. You were worried about moisture levels dropping. If you have a lot of sand in that soil that is probably the reason your garden soil dries out rapidly. And to fix this you add finished compost or well dried and aged manure. I worry about that soil having stuff in it that is not good, for you and your plants. It may be perfectly safe and then it may not.
Great, will do. I'll post a pic of the result once a few hours have passed. I just wanted to confirm that this will be with the soil that I already had that is unbranded, the "nutrient-void one" right?This test is very simple. Just put a big handful of soil into a pint jar and fill it up with tap water, put a lid on it and shake it a couple of minutes to put the soil in a solution. Then let it sit a few hours until it has settled. This will only tell you how much of the basic soil elements there are in the sample, i.e. sand, silt, clay, organic matter, nothing specific. It is used as a guideline as for what to add to soil. You were worried about moisture levels dropping. If you have a lot of sand in that soil that is probably the reason your garden soil dries out rapidly. And to fix this you add finished compost or well dried and aged manure. I worry about that soil having stuff in it that is not good, for you and your plants. It may be perfectly safe and then it may not.
As Chuck mentioned the amount isn't very important. In gardening soil I prefer to fill to about maybe 60% soil and complete with water. But as you can see I didn't feel there would be nearly as many layers of different compounds ( elements ) in the known sand test so that jar was only filled to approx. 50%.
I think I see four. Shake it up again, really thoroughly and let it sit longer. There will be definite distinct layers if done correctly. What I see now appears to be about 50% sand. I can't really tell about the silt and clay. The very top layer is organic matter. After you shake it up again wait until the water is clearer and take better pictures. Take your pics outside in the sun so we can get better resolution. We need to be able to take measurements in order to get a fairly accurate percentage.
All three are good products, but don't start buying stuff until you know how much you will need or even if you really need it. You have to know what you are dealing with before you can fix it.Okay, will do. Meanwhile, should I be buying other things such as compost, gardening soil, and coconut coir? If so, which of these are good:
for compost: https://www.acehardware.com/departm...fKOAaHhcon6HFd3K1ahoCrWgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds (it is OMRI certified)
or this for compost: https://www.acehardware.com/departm...MZDyVdgpK3nl_PjwSbBoCb80QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds ( it wont burn the roots even though it is manure right?
Coconut coir: https://www.amazon.com/Viagrow-VCCB5-Coconut-Block-Soilless/dp/B0106PTZ2M/ref=sxin_9_ac_d_pm?ac_md=1-0-VW5kZXIgJDIw-ac_d_pm&cv_ct_cx=coconut+coir&dchild=1&keywords=coconut+coir&pd_rd_i=B0106PTZ2M&pd_rd_r=f1f9dde9-4b08-481d-82c7-b915b80c3562&pd_rd_w=l7V8i&pd_rd_wg=pFqoY&pf_rd_p=87b17135-d2e8-42b0-9994-ad493f4457d3&pf_rd_r=844EMVNZDEQTT4J0BTF5&qid=1609079581&sr=1-1-22d05c05-1231-4126-b7c4-3e7a9c0027d0&th=1
The bottom layer is sand. Then next layer is silt, the next layer is clay, the next layer is water, the next layer is organic matter. What I need to see is a clear picture of the sand, silt and clay with no reflections from the glass which is obscuring what I need to see. Make your picture the same quality of Senior Citizens. picture.I don't think it's a pictures problem since the pictures look the exact same way it looks in person. The top layer is organic matter is the bottom one sand, also is there a particular part of the picture you want me to focus on? Thanks.
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