My challenge for you today is to investigate the soil in your garden.
Watch my video here to see how.
What you need:
FSC soil handout
What to do:
Dig up some soil from an area of your garden that has not been disturbed or organic matter or chemicals added to. Below a tree or lawn is good.
Rub a small amount of soil between your fingers to see what type of soil it is.
Silky – Silty soil
Sticky or slimy – Clayey soil
Gritty – Sandy soil.
Find out how much clay there is in you soil using the FSC flow chart.
If you can make a ball.
If you can make a sausage.
If you can curve the sausage into a C shape.
If you can make a ring.
If you have a high clay content then you can use it just like clay to make things. You could make a pot, figures or clay faces on trees or your house.
You can also investigate the soil profile by looking at the types of soil in the different layers of your soil.
Please share any photos of your soil rings or creations on Twitter #Naturedays @DawnNaturedays or on the Nature Days facebook page.