This was a simple mason jar soil test taken from a couple of locations around our garden. The mason jar test is a pretty simple and cool experiment to see what the quality of your soil is.
The Mason Jar Soil Test
- Use a clear, clean, empty jar with a tight lid. A pint or quart Mason jar works fabulously.
- Fill the jar half full with garden soil. You can use soil from different areas of the garden to get an overall view or make a test for each garden bed.
- Fill the jar nearly to the top with water. Leave room for shaking.
- Tighten the lid and shake the jar for several minutes so that all the particles are in suspension.
- Set your mason jar soil test aside for several hours, so the particles have a chance to settle. They will separate into clay, silt, and sand layers.
The results of the Mason Jar Soil Test show that there is a LOT of sand in the soil and that’s about it. There is some floating stuff that is assorted garden detritus.
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