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soil organic matter

Little Compton, RI

Any thoughts on an armchair method of determining rough organic content in new soils?

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Hobart, IN

Not off the top of my head. There used to be some kind of home test where you got a good representation of your soil, shook it up in a clear container of water and then let the soil settle - usually in layers. But I don't know how to read the results. I'm sure there are some soil gurus around that can answer your question. Getting a soil lab test might be a good idea. From what I hear, soil labs aren't as busy in the fall and you shouldn't have to wait for a lab result too long. You could also get some minerals tested which would be helpful for whatever planting you might want to do.

Lima, OH(Zone 5b)

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/214.html

if you google soil test sand silt clay, you can find other instructions. I did this once and it was very helpful.

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Colima, Mexico(Zone 11)

Thank you for this nifty website Tammy. I have it bookmarked for safe keeping when the rain stops...if the rain stops.

Hobart, IN

I actually sent in my first ever soil sample ever to a lab earlier this week. Hoping to have the analysis back early next week. I didn't pay extra for recommendations so hopefully I'll be able to figure out what my soil needs. I can't remember now if they test for organic matter. Hmmm.

Colima, Mexico(Zone 11)

I hope you share your results with us Cindy.

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