How-To Home Soil Tests: 10 DIY Tests For Texture, pH, Drainage, Earthworms & More

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Offers simple at-home tests for soil texture, pH, drainage, and earthworm counts. Also how to read soil colors and how to read your plants. Includes charts, tables, glossary, further resources, how to make your own pH paper, and why all soil lab test results are not the same. A good resource for gardeners, homesteaders, and homeschoolers.

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About Leigh Tate

Leigh Tate has always loved living close to the land. From the back-to-the-land movement to the modern homesteading movement, the agrarian lifestyle is the one she says feels like home. She and her husband currently homestead five acres in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. Their vision is to become as self-sustaining as possible by stewarding their land, animals, and resources. Leigh's homesteading activities include gardening, food preservation, foraging, raising goats, chickens, and guinea fowl, herbs, cheese making, permaculture landscaping, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, quilting, natural dying, soapmaking, wood cookstove cookery, and renovating their old 1920s farmhouse.

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About the Series: The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos from 5 Acres & A Dream
From the author: When I published 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead, I described it as neither a how-to nor a why-to book. Although it contains quite a bit of practical advice about many homesteading skills, it is mostly the story of our journey toward simpler, sustainable, more self-reliant living. The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos is a complement to that book. It is a work in progress which will eventually include all of the skills mentioned in 5 Acres & A Dream The Book, plus other how-tos as well. I hope they will encourage you, my readers, toward your own self-reliant lifestyles.

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Reviews

Kelly Kelly reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2015

I really do love this book. It is short, sweet, and to the point. For an amateur gardener, this is a great resource. It gives detailed instruction on how to test for several qualities of soil, all with things most people have on hand. I LOVE that. I also agree with the author that it would be useful as a homeschooling supplement and I plan on using it that way. There is even a glossary at the end for vocabulary words. This book is worth more than the asking price.
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Ponyfarmer reviewed on on Feb. 18, 2015

Extremely well written and thorough book containing lots of useful information when you plan to grow your food and/or planting trees on your property.
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swomersley reviewed on on Feb. 18, 2015

A most thorough and fascinating resource for everyone who grows anything. The author has tirelessly researched the subject and offers clear and concise 'how-tos'. A 'must' in every homesteader's library!
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Lynda Dyson reviewed on on Feb. 18, 2015

What more can i say, 5 stars all the way for content and delivery. Very easy to understand. A great resource for all gardeners and homesteaders.
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