I had a whole day to myself on Saturday so I decided to check out a couple of nurseries that are close to my neighborhood to compare prices and get an idea of how much I should budget for my garden this summer. All of the vegetable starts and magnolia trees and cherry blossoms were very, very tempting, but I managed to escape with only a soil test and a soil thermometer.
It took all of my willpower not to come home with a couple of these cuties.
Every book I've read about gardening has recommended testing your soil, which sounded like a very scientific and daunting process. The home kit I bought only cost $9.99, and it was actually kind of fun. You just dump some dirt and a capsule of water in the little chamber, shake it up, and wait for it to change colors.
I tested 7 different sites in my yard, and found out most of them are around 6.0 ph which is just what I need for the plants I want to grow. Awesome!
I was seriously considering replacing our grass with an alternative lawn that would be a mix of clover and flowering natives, but B convinced me to start small and focus on the beds and maybe a couple of self-watering containers this year. He thinks we should wait until next spring to smother the existing lawn and replant it. Ah, the voice of reason!
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