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World Soil Day, designated as December 5, 2016, celebrates the importance of soil for humanity and the environment. Soil is a vital contributor of food, water and energy. Without it, our traditional plant growing methods would suffer and growing vegetables would require innovative planting methods such as hydroponics.

This World Soil Day, take extra care of our earth by testing soil and measuring plant health. Mastergardening.com offers soil meters, plant thermometers and other gardening tools that can be helpful for the treatment of soil. Here are ways to measure soil health:

1) Digital Soil Test Kit

The Rapitest Digital Soil Test Kit quickly and easily tests soil samples measuring levels of pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potash. Just simply mix a sample of soil with water, per the enclosed instructions. Transfer a portion of the resulting solution into one of the color-coded test tubes, add powder from the appropriate capsule and shake. Place the solution filled tube in the test chamber. Select the desired test. The LED indicators will display the test results.

2) Digital Soil Thermometer

This Digital Soil Thermometer will allow you to check the soil temperature at root level. Plants have different preferences for soil temperature so it is important for you to know the current temperature of the soil. This will allow your plants to grow at to their peak potential.

3) Soil Fertility Meter

Soil Fertility Meters are used to give an accurate reading of the nutrient content of the soil by computing the total nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash. If your garden is lacking in nutrients, your plants may not grow as planned and the garden could turn out very poorly. It is specifically designed for soil only.

4) pH Soil Testers

The Rapitest ph Soil Tester is a must-have for testing soil in fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers, and grass and lawn. The Rapitest soil testing tool contains 10 tests; and is very easy to use. Simply mix water with a soil sample for immediate PH soil results and explanations of the type of soil.

5) Bonide Soil Acidifier

Improve the color and general appearance of your hydrangeas with Bonide Soil Acidifier. This ready-to-use 2.5 lbs bag of soil acidifier lowers the soil pH while improving hardiness, color, and general appearance of your acid loving plants such as blueberries, blue hydrangeas, azaleas, trees, and turf.

Christmas Lawn and Garden Flags

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for a gardener! If you are like me, you love decorating for the holidays; and what better way to celebrate Christmas than to give a Christmas garden flag to a loved one (or gift yourself)? Here are a few Christmas garden flag gift ideas available for sale [...]

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Protect Plants During Cold Weather. Here's How

The weather outside is frightful for most parts of the country; and because of the cold weather, you may think that the planting season is over. As mentioned in a previous Mastergardening.com blog post, there are still opportunities to grow vegetables as well as trees and shrubs. But, as the ground freezes, there are protective [...]

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How Do Weather Sticks Work?

Reposted from Farmers' AlmanacWeather sticks have always been popular in the New England States, and they’re growing in popularity elsewhere, too. People have used them for centuries to predict the weather. In fact, it’s said that the Abenaki Indians that lived along the northeastern coast of the United States and Canada were the first to [...]

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Fall Is Not the End of Planting Season

Many people think that once the weather cools down, the planting season is over; but it's quite the contrary. Fall season planting is best for planting trees and shrubs before the ground freezes from winter. Planting trees and shrubs in fall encourages strong root development during the September - November months and gives both small [...]

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How to Recreate Famous Gardens in Your Own Backyard

Whether we’re gardening fanatics or can’t tell a daisy from a dahlia the fact is that gardens throughout time and from around the world have played a huge role in our lives. From priceless works of art to blockbuster films and the settings of popular books, gardens and the beauty that surrounds them have fascinated people for centuries, especially [...]

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It's Rodent Awareness Week - Here's How to Keep Critters Away

“Although rodents are a year-round problem, we do find that consumers report an uptick in rodent infestations occurring in the fall and winter months,” PPMA Executive Director Cindy Mannes says in a news release. “In fact, rodents invade about 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter, making them one of the most common pests."Designated [...]

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October Gardening Tips

Prepare yourselves, Fall is a busy time of year in the garden. Between frost protection, fallen leaves, mulching, and weed prevention, October is all about landscape maintenance before it really gets chilly. Here are some things you need to think about this season:1) Frost ProtectionIf the first frost hasn't yet hit, just know it's coming. [...]

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October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month

October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month (NASPM), a time for pet owners to practice safe handling and preventative measures for domestic pets. Our pets are not just animals; they become members of our family, our confidants and our best friends."National Animal Safety and Prevention Month was created by the PALS Foundation. PALS is [...]

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October Gardening Tip: Manage Deer Control

Once the leaves fall from the trees, and the temperatures drop, deer will become desperate for food. They will surely learn that there aren't opportunities in the forest to satisfy their cravings and thus, will wander over to your garden. This month is the time to install deer management solutions such as deer fencing to [...]

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