Posted by Jennifer Smith on 5th Dec 2016
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.
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