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Do-It-Yourself Soil Test - How to Test Soil Acidity/Alkalinity without a Test Kit

Do-It-Yourself Soil Test - How to Test Soil Acidity/Alkalinity without a Test Kit
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit. Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 15 minutes or less Here's How: Scoop some soil into a container. Then, add a half-cup of vinegar. Tips: If you want a precise pH measurement, get a soil test kit from your local university extension office or home improvements store.Soil amendment takes time, so make small changes and wait for them to take hold, before making further amendments. What You Need A soil sampleVinegarBaking sodaWater2 sample containers

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Handmade Wednesday: Cinder Block Garden PlanterInspiring Pretty July 20, 2011 23 comments Please, please, please forgive me for being late with this post! Normally it’s up in the wee morning hours but the last few days have been a bit crazy for me and Movie Star. Leafsnap, a new mobile app that identifies plants by leaf shape, is launched by Smithsonian and collaborators  The Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and the University of Maryland have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species.

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Everything You Need to Know About Composting With Worms Following my recent blog post on the Do-It-Yourself Vermipod, I’ve been receiving a ton of questions from folks who built Vermipods and are looking for information on how to manage and maintain their new pets. So here’s a compilation called Everything You Need To Know About Composting With Worms… Common Worm Species Top Ten Most Nutritious Vegetables and How to Grow Them in Your Garden A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Sweet carrots, pulled from the garden minutes (or even seconds!) before they're eaten. Growing your own vegetables is one of those activities that balances practicality and indulgence. In addition to the convenience of having the fixings for a salad or light supper right outside your door (or on your windowsill), when you grow your own vegetables, you're getting the most nutritional bang for your buck as well.

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