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March 2, 2013

Gardener’s almanac (March 2)

Don’t work wet soil – I’d love to hold all this snow moisture in the soil for a long time. But eventually we’ll want to plant in it. And then you should test it to be sure it’s dry enough. Working soil while it is wet destroys its structure, creating clods that may not break down all summer, Ward Upham of K-State says. Do this test to see if the soil has dried enough: Take a handful of soil at the depth you plan to work and squeeze. It water comes out, it’s much too wet. If it’s not dripping, push a finger into it. If it leaves an indentation, you still need to wait. If it crumbles instead, you’re good to go.

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