February 13 Class: Cover Crop , Web Soil Survey and Herbs Follow-up
This Web Soil Survey is something all Master Gardeners might want to try as it is an excellent tool that I only began using in class last year.
Web Soil Survey Homework:
Use this website: Web Soil Survey
Choose any area you wish to learn about – your home and garden, a nearby farm or any other land.
Click the geen button to launch the Web Soil Survey Tool. Initiate the survey by going to the address line and type in the address of a farm you would like to know more about for the purposes of learning and your homework. Hint – if the town is a subset of another town like Lyman is of Alfred, you may have to type in Alfred to get the farm located.
Click View after you type in the address and that will take you to a big map.
Up above use the 5 sided tool called AOI (area of interest). Click carefully 1 click at a time to outline the field(s) you wish to know more about. If you make a mistake which is easy to do use the arrow key to go back – it takes a few seconds.
Now you should get a map with an area of blue lines drawn around the field(s) you highlighted. If the area of acreage is small the map will appear blurry – that is OK.
Now click on the tab called Soil Data Explorer. Now you will get a map with codes for the soil type(s) on the map.
Now click on the tab called Shopping Cart (Free). Then hit Check Out and then Get Now. This will generate a multiple pages document.
Note: You can save this report to your hardrive as a pdf file. This is handy as you can refer back to it and/or email the report to someone.
Use this web page for more detailed information on the soil types from report you generate: York County Soil Survey Types
Answer these questions
Note: you do not need to hand in your soil survey report for the homework – just a page where you answer these 5 questions.
- How much acreage in total does your area contain?
- What soil types does it have?
- What is the number and letter of the Land Capacity Class and Subclass?
- What is the letter of the Hydrologic Group?
- Describe this land, the soil types, and it’s potential for farming and woodland growth.
Note: If you have a lot of trouble with this web based exercise (the site can be tricky sometimes) I am happy to help you work through it.
Homework for This Week
From the Online Manual please click on the Pesticide Safety chapter and then click on and review both the Got Pests? and the Master Gardener Educational Materials sections. You do not need to read everything, but just familiarize yourself with this excellent resource.
Quiz on Gardening with Herbs: Quiz (Word) | Quiz (PDF)
See you Wednesday for our class on Pesticide Safety with Gary Fish.