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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Use Care When Working Wet Soils

  • We have gone from very dry conditions earlier in the winter to many being quite wet thanks to Mother Nature and the recent to winter storms. We are also welcoming in March, the time when people get antsy to get out and work in their flowerbeds and gardens as warmer temperatures make their come-back.
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  • We have gone from very dry conditions earlier in the winter to many being quite wet thanks to Mother Nature and the recent to winter storms. We are also welcoming in March, the time when people get antsy to get out and work in their flowerbeds and gardens as warmer temperatures make their come-back.
     As hard as it may be, resist the temptation to work any soil if it is wet. Doing so destroys the structure of the soil resulting in clods that may not break down all summer. To determine if a soil is too wet to work, grab a handful and squeeze. If water comes out, it is much too wet. Even if no water drips out, it still may not be dry enough to work. Push a finger into the soil you squeezed. If it crumbles, it is dry enough, but if your finger just leaves an indentation, more time is needed. Be sure to take your handfuls of soil from the depth you plan to work the soil because deeper soils may contain more moisture than the surface.
    For more information on gardening, contact the Ford County Extension Office at 620.227.4542 or visit us online at www.ford.ksu.edu

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