Asked on Oct 16, 2017

What can i do to improve the soil quality in my home..

Big luluBarbara BaldwinJanet Pizaro
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  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 16, 2017

    What is the soil consistency now
  • 2dogal
    on Oct 16, 2017

    The easiest way and ultimately the least expensive, is to take a soil sample to your County Agricultural Extension Office. Call them, they will tell you how to do this and some offices even furnish bags. By getting your soil tested, you know what your soil needs or has too much of and you don't go spend money on additives you don't need. The test lets you know what minerals and the pH of your soil so you don't have to guess.
    • Qwe30764332
      on Oct 16, 2017

      Thanks for the answer...but i have only a bucket of the soil that i used to plant small chilli on it...the yard of my home had been filled by the concrete so i used pot to plant chilli..
  • Gram
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I started with an online question for soil improvement. One first has to determine what soil is acidic, alkaline etc. Then add leaves, baking soda, etc according to what your soil is and what it needs. Online sites can take you through the entire process.
    • Qwe30764332
      on Oct 16, 2017

      What is the good range for the acidic and how to measure it? Do i need to solve the soil first by water then put my universal lakmus paper in it?
  • Big lulu
    on Oct 16, 2017

    have it tested by the local extension agency. usually free or very cheap.
  • Ken
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I go the lazy man's way with compost made from mostly shredded leaves. We're coming to heavy leaf season here in the northeast. Since I have to clear the driveway anyway, the leaves all go to the garden. After a year the earth worms have done their magic. That said, I agree with Gram and Sal that if you are looking to add chemical amendments it is best to have the soil tested first, otherwise you are guessing.
  • Lyn22042911
    on Oct 16, 2017

    can I paint my bathroom tile
  • Lisa S.
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Along with having the soil tested - save vegetable (raw) scraps and what you cut off , along with egg shells to add to soil.
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 16, 2017

    You can take samples to your local Department of Agriculture, and they will analyze for you, and give you recommendations.
  • Qwe30764332
    on Oct 16, 2017

    The soil is to small...only one bucket...so the agency will laugh at me...
  • Qwe30764332
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Around of my home had been filled by the concrete...so if i want plant i look for the soil around and collect them into a bucket/pot..
  • Gram
    on Oct 17, 2017

    I think you my just want to buy a bag of soil-cheap and much easier for your needs.
    Soil pH. Soil pH is a measure of the acidity and alkalinity in soils. pH levels range from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral, below 7 acidic and above 7 alkaline. The optimal pH range for most plants is between 5.5 and 7.0; however, many plants have adapted to thrive at pH values outside this range.
  • 2dogal
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Since you only have a bucket of soil, not a backyard of dirt, empty out the bucket and buy some planting soil. It will have to be replaced every couple years if you continue to plant the same type of plant.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 17, 2017

    yes I realize that,however to answer your correctly thats what I needed from you. see if this article helps you...https://www.thespruce.com/making-good-soil-out-of-bad-1402428
  • Big lulu
    on Oct 18, 2017

    Go buy another bag of potting soil. the kind with Miracle-Gro is good. Throw the old soil out

    Just because a plant dies doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the soil. Other reasons could apply.
  • Barbara Baldwin
    on Oct 18, 2017

    Compost
  • Big lulu
    on Oct 21, 2017

    Buy a bag of soil
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