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Testing the Soil in the Garden

on June 4, 2013

4th and 5th grade students worked in class this week testing the soil in all our gardens.  We tested each garden soil for the composition of sand, silt, and clay to see if there was a healthy balance or loam.  We tested the garden soil for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.   We also tested the pH for each of the garden soils.  We four gardens measured were found in the raised beds, the fourth grade patio, the bench at the entrance of school, and the shed near the bus stop.    The tets indicated we should try to add more nitrogen to the soil for our fourth grade garden.  Next year our new fifth graders will use this data to help improve the gardens and add appropriate amounts of compost to each garden to improve the quality of the soil.

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