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Soil Texture Procedure: This test requires few tools, and is relatively fast. It will help you know if you have an extremely sandy soil, clayey soil, or something in between. I have just moved, and after the winter ground thaws, I will be doing this test on my own soil. You need a container with fairly precise measurements. I am going to use my 2 cup Pyrex kitchen measuring cup for measuring. But you also need a container, where you can shake your soil sample, mixed with water. I am going to use a quart canning jar to do my shaking, and immediately pour the solution into the Pyrex measuring cup.
This was the first book I read when I got my first Brug & it is one I refer anyone to when growing these majestic plants.... Read more »
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0000: Today's Hortiscope: Just some food for thought. If vegetarians eat vegetables, just what is in a humanitarian's diet?
1778: Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusee Aublet, French botanist, explorer and pharmacist, died in Paris. He established a pharmacy and botanical garden in Mauritius, and assembled a herbarium in French Guiana. Verbena aubletia is named for him.
1806: Frederick Pursh documented the first collection of Lewis's Mockorange (Philadelphus lewisii) collected along the Clearwater River in Idaho.
1838: Cyrus Guernsey Pringle, American botanist was born in East Charlotte, Vermont. He would become a prolific botanist in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, discovering over 1,000 new species. Many species are named for him.
1895: The 22nd Kentucky Derby was won by Ben Brush. Pink and white roses were placed in a garland around his neck. It was the first time the famous rose garland in any form was presented to a Kentucky Derby winner.