Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Soil and drainage for the yard problems; from Ehow, How exiting I was just catching up with 100's of emails and ran into this article. YIPPY

This article is really about bad drainage in your yard. We live up against an embankment that keeps this pretty wet most of the year around here.

Here's what I needed referenced, and for any of you looking, the link is attached to my title above.

1. Squeeze a handful of moist soil and rub into a ball to find out what type of soil you have. Sandy soil will break apart and feel gritty. Loamy soil will form a ball that feels slick and sticky. Clay soil will easily form a ball that feels like plastic. When pressed, clay soil will leave an impression of your fingers.

2. Fill half a jar with your soil and the other half with water to check on the soil's clay content. Shake the jar and wait a day. Sand will drop to the bottom of the jar, silt will settle in the middle and clay will finally settle after 24 hours on the top. If there is more than 50 percent of settled clay in the jar, you have heavy clay soil.

3. Till between the top 6 to 12 inches of your yard. Amending large areas is more beneficial, because it will give you more places to plant and not limit plants' growing areas. Choose a sunny day to amend your soil to avoid fighting with the wet soil.

4. Spread 3 to 4 inches of compost over the entire area. You can used well-aged manure or fibrous compost. Mix the first 6 inches of soil with the compost.

5. Apply 3 to 4 inches of course builder's sand to the yard. Fine sand will worsen the drainage in your yard. Till the area and make sure the mixture is well-blended.

Read more: How to Fix Bad Drainage in the Yard |

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Banana This; Recycle Old Peels~ fertilizer or silver polish

There are things you can do with that old peel.

1. Do you have a green thumb? House hold plants and outside gardens require fertilization. A great way to give your plants nutrients is with a banana peel. The banana peel is very rich in potassium and phosphorus, which give that added boost to your plants soil, especially so with roses. Here is how to use a banana peel to fertilizer your soil for your plants. Remove the peel from the banana. Place the banana peel on a cookie sheet to let it air dry. Grab a paper bag or envelope. Crumble the dried banana peel and place it in the bag. Let the banana sit at room temperature for about two days. When your caring for your plant, give it a potassium treat of crumbled banana peel. Mix well in the soil to ensure the roots are fed evenly.
2. Have you been thinking about pulling out that old silver? Well there is no time like the present. Bananas peel can also be used to polish silver. Yes, polish silver. Take the old peels and place them in a blender. You want the peels to become smooth and creamy. Once they have, grab a cloth and small amounts of the creamed banana peel and begin polishing your silver. The shine will be breath taking.


Wild yeasts exist in the air around you and to some extent on the wheat berries. There are wild yeasts on grapes (unsulphured) and apples and other fruits. It is those wild yeasts which are 'captured' to make a sourdough starter. The process takes from 3 to 5 days. I wish I had specific amounts for you, but you could start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour and mix in enough warm (not hot) water to make a thin paste. DO NOT make it too soupy. That, in fact, is the trick to a good starter, according to the French bread makers, and I think they should know. And after you've fooled around with the flour and water thing, you might wish to branch out into adding those unsulphured grapes, apples, sour milk, etc as a catalyst in order to capture other strains of yeast. Each of these strains has a slightly different taste. In fact if you move to another area, you might end up with a starter that produces an entirely different flavor. For instance, San Francisco sourdough bread is well known and has a distinct taste due to the wild strains in the air there. On day one you mix the flour and water (and add any catalysts to encourage fermentation) and place in a warm spot. After 3 days, the dough should be moist, inflated, and slightly sour. More flour and water is added (mixed in) and left to sit in a warm spot. After 2 days the process is repeated. Then the next day it is done again. Note the order: 3 days, 2 days, 1 day. At this point you should be able to make a loaf of bread using part of the starter and adding back what you took out in the form of more flour and water. Rule of thumb: Use about 10% starter to size of loaf. In the case of a 2 lb loaf this is a bit over 3 oz of starter (3.2 to be exact). For a 1 lb loaf 1.5 oz would be used. A book that describes this process in great detail is The Village Baker by Joe Ortiz, copyright 1993, published by Ten Speed Press, Berkley CA. If it's not still in print, try the used books stores, that's where I got mine. Or try your local library. If they don't have it, they might be able to get it for you. ©2008 by Ernestina Parziale

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