soil test - 1. Obtain your soil sample by digging down 6...

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1. Obtain your soil sample by digging down 6 inches. Combine 3 such soil samples, as your soil may be different in different spots. 2. Fill a quart canning jar with 1/2 cup of your soil sample. 3. 4. Add either 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. 5. Cap the canning jar and shake for 2 minutes. 6. Immediately after 2 minutes of shaking, pour the contents of the quart canning jar into your 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. 7. Allow the 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup to stand for exactly 30 seconds. Measure the height in ounces (or ml) of the soil particles that have settled at this time. This is the sand portion. Record this value. 8. Allow the 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup to stand undisturbed for 30 minutes. Measure the height in ounces (or ml) of the soil particles that have settled at this time and record that value. Subtract the first (30 second) reading. This difference is the portion of soil that is silt. 9.
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