09 Garden soil test

first_imgBy George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaHow much fertilizer should I put out in my garden? Do I need toadd anything else? Why wonder about these things when there is asimple solution? Soil test. The University of Georgia ExtensionService can take care of this for you.You can pick up small soil-test-sample bags from your countyextension office or call to have them mailed to you. If you needany help, ask your county extension agent. They have publicationsand advice on the best way to take a soil sample.A small hand trowel and a bucket are ideal to collect the sample.Randomly select several sites in your garden to take the sample.Make sure you select enough sites to represent the soil in yourgarden.Here’s howUse your trowel to dig a hole 8 to 12 inches deep. From the sideof this hole, slice off a 1-inch section of soil from the groundsurface to the bottom of the hole. Put this in your bucket.Take other samples like this at several places in your garden,then thoroughly mix the sampled soil. Place the mixed sample inthe soil-test-sample bag.Fill out the information on the bag, including your name andaddress and the county you live in. Select “routine soil test” asthe test you want to run. For the crop, write in “vegetablegarden.”Where to goThen take the sample to your county extension office. It will gofrom there to the soil test lab in Athens, Ga. The cost for asingle sample is $6.The results of the soil test will show how much fertilizer to useand whether your pH is low.The pH is a measure of soil acidity, which is important in howwell plants can take up nutrients. Problems with low pH arecorrected with applications of lime. Old-timers used to call this”sweetening the soil.”So don’t guess, even if you’re good at it. Test your soil. Takethe mystery out of feeding your plants.(George Boyhan is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 9last_img read more

Tipp boss hoping to make most of home advantage

first_imgThe match will be broadcast live on Tipp FM – coverage gets underway at 1.45pm. The Premier County’s second Division 3 outing of the campaign is against Clare at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town.Seven days ago Tipp got a point from their trip to Kilmallock to face Limerick.While manager Liam Kearns was reasonably satisfied with that outcome he’s hoping that his team can make home advantage tell today.last_img

Basketball: Great Britain vs. Dragons on TV

first_imgOur senior basketball team will play the first match of the qualifications on Wednesday 13th August against Great Britain. The match will be held at 20:00 o’clock and will be broadcasted by BHT Television.After the BHT’s broadcasting of the match against Italy, held at the International basketball tournament in Sarajevo and a friendly match against Sweden from the Arena in Zenica, this TV will now broadcast the London match as well.We hope our Dragons will play an excellent match and start the qualifications for the European Championship next year successfully.We fly to London tomorrow and all our players are ready for this, probably the most important, match of the qualifications. – was stated at the Basket.ba.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more