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Old 03-28-2016, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I'm interested too. Here's a YouTube video on Soil Layer test. Go to 1:00 for the start of the test. Let it sit for at least a day. This girl doesn't mention the silt though.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh211b8b5FE



I started it last night, I had to sift the soil because it was loaded with tiny pebbles, some may have technically been larger grains of sand, but I tossed them anyway. I put the remaining soil in a jar and added the water and within two minutes the vast majority of it was deposited on the bottom. I took the measurements and 93% sand was the result, however the water is still murky so the experiment isn't complete.

Sounds kind of high so I'll be trying it again, I was expecting it to fall under loamy sand, or maybe even sandy loam, but not straight sand, this isn't the beach lol.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I started it last night, I had to sift the soil because it was loaded with tiny pebbles, some may have technically been larger grains of sand, but I tossed them anyway. I put the remaining soil in a jar and added the water and within two minutes the vast majority of it was deposited on the bottom. I took the measurements and 93% sand was the result, however the water is still murky so the experiment isn't complete.

Sounds kind of high so I'll be trying it again, I was expecting it to fall under loamy sand, or maybe even sandy loam, but not straight sand, this isn't the beach lol.
LOL. I bet KFOK is all sand with the crazy radiational cooling temps they get. lol


I think you need to leave the pebbles in there. Maybe not the bigger ones but I don't think you should sift the soil.? Not sure.


I think it should resemble what a majority is there now so if you sift for the test it wont give you actual results of what you have? Not sure.


Took a good 24hrs for water to clear and things to settle and its hard to see where the silt and clay is. Take a picture.


I'll do mine again tomorrow.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Potatoes are in. Yes 2 weeks earlier than I should of. And we're about to get a cold slap with sub freezing temps.





They are covered in mounds then I will add hay pretty soon maybe this weekend.







I'm ready to plant but we are 4-6 weeks away still! We get frost till mid May here







My little front garden bed is tilled. I was debating whether to do this one or not. It's under trees and only gets 5 hours of sun 12pm-5pm. Instead of Potatoes I'll try Squash or Pumpkins.


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Old 04-01-2016, 06:21 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I just put my squash in and it is doing very well and had to bring the buckets of tomatoes inside the house because I don't want too much water on them . crop is not good with tomatoes when it is too wet . I have flowers coming up in pots too . My front flower beds are doing so good I gave them a shot of fertilizer a couple of week ago and they are flourishing now . I think that is all these roses needed was a good pruning and a good shot of fertilizer because there are buds all over them now . and I'm talking major buds and big too .
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:22 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I hope it does not freeze on ya cambium sending out garden prayers your way .
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I hope it does not freeze on ya cambium sending out garden prayers your way .

We've already gotten below freezing 5 times in last 2 weeks and here is the forecast next 8


I'll just cover the Potatoes with thick Hay.


I am usually in between inland CT and the Shoreline for temps but you can see we are going well below freezing for 4 days and staying in the 30s during the day for 3.


It will be like February in April. Polar Vortex is dropping down to Quebec. Close to the Northeast so that's why this is happening.


This isn't uncommon to get in April. Farmers are panicking because Blueberry and Strawberries and blooming because of the 3rd warmest March's we had.

And yeah ... that's snow we're getting.


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Old 04-02-2016, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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Cam, you're an inspiration to us all! I love seeing your progress throughout the season. I can relate to some of your weather challenges because I use to live in Rochester, NY....very unpredictable. Good luck on your season!
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:51 PM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Garlic and broad beans I planted last month. Just another week or 2 and I'll sow courgette, sweetcorn and runner beans.



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Old 04-04-2016, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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0.3" of snow yesterday April 3, 2016
0.5" of snow today April 4, 2016


Garlic getting a taste of winter again. lol .


It struggled past 30s yesterday and again today and tomorrow. Cold days! Only 20s at night.





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Old 04-04-2016, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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0.3" of snow yesterday April 3, 2016
0.5" of snow today April 4, 2016


Garlic getting a taste of winter again. lol .


It struggled past 30s yesterday and again today and tomorrow. Cold days! Only 20s at night.




Well, I guess I should complain about cold nights in North Carolina! Burrrrrrr!
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